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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    Most of my life was spent in the pre internet

    days. In some ways even though I have adjusted to the internet, it still feels overwhelming. Life was lived at a slower pace in those days because so many things took time-there was no email, or digital cameras, or online banking. In order to publish you had to write on paper...
    asidea asidea 56-60, M Feb 14

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    The Real World ...

    My life before the internet was not so bad at all Actually I could say its even better that life right now I love internet for the worldwide knowledge Yet I think internet isolates human beings from socialization We live together in the crowded world but so solitary...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 9 Responses Sep 30, 2009

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    People just look into screens all day.

    Work,school,Shop for clothes , friends, sex even love and marriage. I think that we live 2 lives. The on line one is easier to control. I feel that we forgot how to enjoy real life. Maybe it is not very well photoshopped. We forget to have a good face to face conversation, a...
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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    http://youtu.be/e0H6AzEMHSc The anti social

    network. Pass the commercial. 15 minutes short film.
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 26

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    Key Punch

     I remember my first college freshman computer class. The world of one processing computer and key punch machines. It was a noisy world back then. The course was done in a simple language called SNOBOL. It was before they even had screens or monitors as we call them now. Your...
    Mehameha Mehameha 51-55, M 4 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    Life Was Simpler, But......

    Life was just different and sometime that good and sometimes that bad, I guess it's a balancing act.  I remember going to the library to do research, I remember having to meet people the old fashion way face to face.  I remember having to go to the record store to buy...
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 23, 2008

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    Me Too!

    It was boring. And trying to get research material for writing my book was slow and tedious. I admit that if I still had a car and a life and a job, no one on this box would know of my existence. I would be making friends face to face and actually living my life. JUST SAYIN'
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 16, 2011

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    I Remember It Fondly....

    Remember when we would wake up on Saturday mornings, excited to watch cartoons because that was the only day we got them?? ....and we actually ate our food WITHOUT taking pictures of it for Instagram?? ....and we had never heard of such a thing as 'duck-face'??? ...and we partied...
    Babydoll42 Babydoll42 41-45, F 23 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    things were better off

    before the internet. I think that the world was not meant to be so connected. I admit I do enjoy the internet a lot but things were better before it. also along time ago people were more kind and nice. to bad its not those days again.
    Returnoflordtyrant Returnoflordtyrant 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 28

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    I Remember Life Before I Got Online Anyway

    I can't even remember how I used to deal with my life and with boredom before I got a computer! I only got my first one about two years ago - I was pretty late for my generation at getting into the whole internet and stuff. It didn't interest me for ages, and then I decided when...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 11 Responses Jun 17, 2008

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    I took a class at a community college

    when I was in 9th grade called printing 101. This was back in the early 1990's btw. We had to use a dark room for developing photos and roll ink across metal templates and other analog stuff I can't remember. It was insane I tell ya! Thank god for hp printers, sooo much easier...
    SterlingKickstand SterlingKickstand 36-40, F Jan 22

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    Yup... I remember life

    before the internet. I was already 26 years old before we first got connected in 1998. Before that it was just the BBS service online. In many ways, the internet has been both a blessing and a curse. I can't think of anything that has wasted more of my time, except for maybe...
    Cristofori Cristofori 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 13

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    Well not really. We had the "internet" at home

    before such a thing even existed. I do remember computers that were larger than your living room, punch cards and logging on to the big main-frames from a terminal where you put your phone in to a cradle to dial in. Ooops...giving away my age :)
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    Bullying Was So Much Easier Then...

    Nowadays these kids rip each other apart on social media with no regard for how their words impact others. I know, because my generation was the first to get into it. We all did this and made our mistakes and realized how quickly sharing everything you think can destroy others...
    TheMoonGetsMe TheMoonGetsMe 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 4, 2013

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    It was a dark and cold time.

    .. All hope seemed lost... But then, rising out of the ashes, came the internet! And along with it all the horrible people from the dark times. But hey, at least the good people showed up too. We are all the same on the internet. Anonymous people talking to other anonymous people...
    seasalticecream seasalticecream 16-17, M 3 Responses Mar 17

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    Believe It Or Not

    i'm amazed how many people my age can't remember a single thing about life prior to their internet days. when i was born the internet was an idea that some brilliant minds were tinkering with. it was still in the making, let's say. but during the early years...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2008

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    In the time before Google!

    how did we have to look up information? You had encyclopedias at home or you had to go to the local library. Imagine if the kids today had to do that? there would be rioting in the streets....Lmao
    meme111111 meme111111 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    We had to go to the library

    and flip through cards that showed us what books they had for whatever topic you wanted. And the book you wanted may have been checked out when you got to the spot. I remember the first internet I used was just a typed font email window. "Attaching" documents was high tech.
    rphmom rphmom 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 12

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    Before A Lot Of Things

    I remember life before dvds, the internet, remote-control tvs, ipods, video-less Mtv, Saturn cars, etc. lol
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2010

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     Vaguely. ...

     Vaguely. I remember that my first "search" on the internet was on a friend of my mom's laptop and I searched N*sync! I wish that we lived in an era without the internet. I admit that it has brought many beneficial changes to the world but I think it has also led...
    OldnDaysinSF OldnDaysinSF 22-25, F Sep 10, 2009

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    (barely) My family didn't have a computer

    until I was 6 or 7, and at that point the internet was pretty unwieldy and archaic so I just spent most of my free-time outside.
    badatusernames badatusernames 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 24

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    I may be young but I DO remember the times

    before internet. I hardly used the computer and my entertainment came from TV/Video games. OR riding bikes XD Being poor in the 90s/early 00s is equivalent as being a normal person in the 80s.
    Ruru88 Ruru88 18-21, F Mar 24

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    The Emergence of the Internet, My Coinciding Childhood

    The internet was not a factor at all in my grade school years (the '90s). I was a pretty big nerd, too - I read voraciously (even textbooks I'd buy at garage sales), I'd go outside and catch bugs and press leaves and do all manner of wandering, I'd write actual letters, I'd make...
    tidetheory tidetheory 26-30, F 3 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Beam Me Up Scotty !

    I remember black & white televisions.We had one with the tinted film you pasted on to imitate color. I also remember the punch cards , I forget the name of the computer , there were no key boards . You had this big machine that you fed those 6 by 3 inch punch cards into it...
    twopegs twopegs 61-65, M 2 Responses Sep 10, 2009

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    Amy's Choice

    You wrote this story on June 9th, 2010 at 1:11AM. Thank you for contributing! Fifteen-year-old Amy* had been hounding her mother to sign up for Internet service at home. “I kind of had a fear of it,” said her mother Sara. “I’d come home with newspaper...
    realmac realmac 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 10, 2010

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    The Skating Rink

    There's a place here in town officially called "The Skating Rink". It's a little bowl that sits at the foot of the highest place in town. It's about 250 ft by 250 ft square. It's been there for as long as I can remember and I'm thinking this geographic feature was a man made...
    mrhandymanx mrhandymanx 51-55, M 1 Response May 23, 2013

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    I was barely ever on the computer

    as a really young kid. The only games on it were solitaire and hearts. I ran around outside, played with my toy horses... When I got a little older I remember playing a dinosaur game from a CD-rom and The Oregon Trail- I was WAY into that one, bought all 5 versions as soon as...
    Owlmaid Owlmaid 22-25, F Feb 6

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    It's Not All Bad

    There are so many pros and cons to the internet.  While it has allowed people greater access to one another, it has also offered an alternative to one on one interactions.  It used to be you could minimize contact with a phone call.  You were still at the mercy of the  person...
    evolving2010 evolving2010 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 3, 2011

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    buddy1211 buddy1211 13-15, M 2 Responses Jan 19

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    Hire Html5 Designer And Developer To Enhance Your User’s Web Experience

    If you are ready to create attractive Web sites for your business, then HTML5 is a language for presenting and structuring content for the World Wide Web or Internet site. It is mainly used for web pages in browsers and popularity of HTML5 to millions of web pages on the World...
    Kunalmathur Kunalmathur 22-25, M Jun 12, 2013

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    Back In The Day.

    ...kids used to play outside. Granted, I came from a small town in which only around 10,000 people lived, and crime wasn't anything like it is today. But the fact still remained: kids played outside. I didn't spend all summer vacation in the house glued to the television set or...
    AmericanLeanings AmericanLeanings 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2011

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    Life before the internet was Nintendo 64!

    Super smash brother melee! And GameCube! My friends never played that game 😳 His childhood<
    Malikb5 Malikb5 18-21, M Feb 19

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    When It Didnt Work For 3 Days!

     O__O the hoorroorrrr :I at first i was like cool,this could be fun and then 5min later i was like "i wonder whose on Ep..i should- oh wait..damn" i became the annoying little kid who always asks "are we there yet" cept i kept asking "is it back yet...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 12, 2009

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    I actually went out and did things with people

    :o i can't even imagine those days, now i just do things with people on my phone...
    anovasiangel anovasiangel 13-15, F Apr 13

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    The Simple Life

    Children played outside till dark. When you wanted to know something you looked it up in a book called an encyclopedia. When you wanted to talk to a friend you picked up the phone are went over to their house. Friends that lived out side of your area were considered penpals...
    Grits4life Grits4life 46-50, F 6 Responses Feb 8, 2009

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    In The Days Of Yore

    Why is it when I was a kid here were 3 tv channels and I was never bored. Now, I have hundreds, the whole Internet with whatever I can dream of and I sit here listless and bored? Although I think I would look rather daft going for a bike ride down grassy hills these days :)
    xlxSpiraxlx xlxSpiraxlx 26-30, F Oct 5, 2013

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    Hours in front of huge volumes of encyclopedia

    britannica EVERY book report or project. I do reminisce about the simple times before hand in my younger years but.. I'm so happy the internet is a thing.
    nicohan nicohan 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    Encyclopedias....

    That's where you got info before the Internet. I remember having to go to the library & looking through tons of book to get a little snippet of info here & another there. I remember sometimes wondering something & not being to get the answer right away. Now all I have to do is...
    Oldfool81 Oldfool81 36-40, M Feb 18, 2013

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    There's so many things I did

    before the internet, that I don't do now. I remember writing letters to my pen-pals, listening to music on records, 8 tracks, then later the cassette. Having a pager, using a landline phone, or pay phone. I owned Encyclopedia Britannica, so I had to research for something...
    hellcat88 hellcat88 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    Universe Of Websites

    Internet is a great network which spreads all over the world. Besides it connects the millions of computer system as well as the business around the globe. Internet uses some protocols which are of having same standards in the whole world and the people who are working with and...
    072hardeep 072hardeep 26-30, M Feb 12, 2013

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    Life Before The Internet, Pt. 1

    Life before the Internet was highly inconvenient. If my parents needed to purchase a new vacuum cleaner as picking it up with our fingers just wasn't getting the dust up with the debris, they couldn't sit in a chair and research vacuum cleaner price and availability at each store...
    rachelkeegan rachelkeegan 31-35, F Aug 24, 2012

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    My Personal Society Before My Introduction To The Internet

    I had a variety of things to do to occupy my time and still do, even though the Internet has presented a new home for me. When I was a little girl, I attended a small private school that I thought was huge at the time. I also had fun at various babysitter's houses with their...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Nov 16, 2012

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    Once Upon A Time!

    Life before the internet was good as I recall. I had more time to read and getting out of the house was easier when I was a child too. I had a ten speed bike and I rode it often.My family was not closer then than we are now but distant family was father away to be sure.Life was...
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2013

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    How Has The World Changed In The Last 50 Years?

    I'd really like to talk more about this because I'd like to know how your life, your world has changed and what do you think about this. Some would say that life has changed for the better. Definitely.  Because of technological and medical advances, means of transport, education...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 8, 2013

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    Yes, It Really Did Exist

    Back in the day......I went to a place called the library and read books that were called Encyclopedias!  Really, it's true!  I could write a letter to someone and we used these amazing envelopes that, with just one stamp (google it) and placement in a magic box could actually...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 29, 2011

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    I am here to tell you about me,

    my vision and my reality. I'm looking for three women and two men to join me in leaving society. Leaving it all behind and building a community of our own. No computers, no phones, no homes. Lost in the wilderness so to speak. I'm tired of it all. I want to try another way...
    leaving6622 leaving6622 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 13

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    ... and sometimes I hate it. It consumes time and maybe I should use some of my "Internet time" to be more productive. But on the other hand... I love it. Internet is a whole...
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    Wow, who would have thought that I somehow became a victim of internet trolls!I posted a photo of some milk from a local supermarket, on the supermarkets facebook page. It shows...
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    i do believe in internet relationship but i am beginning to be doubtful.. when i start exploring EP a guy was constantly everyday communicating with me and starting to show that he...
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