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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    And I remember the first website our tech guy

    showed me. the original yahoo site and he searched van halen. my kids dont understand when I talk about something I didnt know pre-internet. they say, "why didnt you google it? "
    SouthernDaisy SouthernDaisy 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    hey hey hey... it appears

    that EP has finally worked it out. see pint up posts coming soon
    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F Feb 1

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    Reading books (like a paperback),

    making hemp bracelets, doing puzzles, playing sports outside, bicycling just for fun, phone conversations, writing letters and postcards, using recipe books, MacGuyvering how to do unusual things, using a dictionary or thesaurus book, printing resumes & applying to jobs in...
    threebe threebe 26-30, F 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I was way before the internet,

    When Saturday came around we packed our fishing poles and 22 rifles and headed to the small pond about 4 mile. We walked there and fished and played all day long. We didn't catch much fish but we shot all the 22's we brought. when the sun was 4 fingers low we headed home. and...
    hoganhopper hoganhopper 51-55 3 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    before the internet..

    .people were smarter...we actually learned things instead of thinking that they can be found whenever we needed them then forgotten when the moment passed. schools taught real history, usable math....and typing on a typewriter... (took that class in 1991 by the way.) People...
    bolyami bolyami 36-40, M 8 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    Not only before the internet.

    .....also before the monster!!! Yep, the cell phone. I remember those days when we just dropped into anyone's house without thinking if we are welcome or not. The simple reason being that we were always welcome. On the flip side, anyone was welcome to our house. *sigh* Those...
    BeyondIllusions BeyondIllusions 56-60, F 28 Responses Oct 6, 2014

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    Yeah, I remember what it was like to actually

    approach a woman to ask her out on a date, and try to get to know her in person, and all of that really nerve-racking stuff. They were tough times for someone like me....
    unluckE unluckE 31-35, M Feb 13

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 36 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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    I found this photo today

    and it's spot on :-)Show it to someone next time they reproach you for using your smartphone too much ;-)You are being as antisocial as they were in the 1900s :-)http://goo.gl/TQ6VPn 
    neeia neeia 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 12, 2014

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    I remember, before Internet,

    there was this thing called.... Outside, I think. My mom says I loved it, I have no recollection. Here's what I think it looks like.
    KelsMcQ KelsMcQ 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 6, 2014

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    It was so simple and there is something

    so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    Xo12345 Xo12345 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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    insecureugly insecureugly 18-21, T Dec 7, 2014

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    and it was awesome, I was never home always out

    with friends, getting into all kinds of fun, these days everything is the internet, I totally blame the internet for making me anti social lol
    rememberthesunshyne rememberthesunshyne 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    if I get one more candy crush invite from the

    person I requested to stop, what should I do?
    Erasethetape Erasethetape 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 27

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    Lovethebump Lovethebump 26-30, M 5 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    Today I think I did something I've not really

    done before. I posted to one of the stories about belief or lack of belief. What I said there, and a few other things got me thinking. Call me old-fashioned, but I still listen to the radio. I don't watch tv much, simply because I find the quality of news and discussion on the...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    The internet has spread

    so remarkably quickly its scary but wonderful at the same time. As long as we all remember to communicate with real people in real time as and when we can . Sharing the same live space with someone is the ultimate communication , saying things in real time and sharing body...
    girlfoxy girlfoxy 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    I remember life before the internet.

    I remember life before mobile phones. Things were much simpler but more complicated at the same time. I would hang out with my friends and then spend the evening on the house phone talking to them (cable stretched under the living room door so I could sit in the hall) If I...
    Redandgrey Redandgrey 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 10, 2014

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    Ahhh... Don't you sometimes wish you could go

    back to the days before the internet, just for a little while?
    1alwaysdreaming 1alwaysdreaming 18-21, F 28 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    It was a life that is worth living.

    I get to play with friends without even taking pictures for Instagram or blogs and even facebook but the memories will surely be in my heart. It's amazing to live like that. It's the real life I'm looking but nowadays it's hard to find it. I used to go around my town walking...
    officialwanderer officialwanderer 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 3, 2014

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    I sometimes feel that in the 19-20th century

    people were illiterally-literate and now people are literally-illiterate.
    AksharGoyal AksharGoyal 16-17, M 2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    And I find it said how easy it is to reach out

    to total strangers in cyber space but so hard to say what you mean to say to the people in your life
    MommysGotTats420 MommysGotTats420 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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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...
    NotHisBabydoll NotHisBabydoll 41-45, F 82 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    The Internet is a procrastinators dream.

    Lol I remember life before the Internet really caught on. I wrote, I talk to people, I got things done… now I'm hopelessly addicted. Yes I can admit it. I depend on the Internet for so much – recipes, entertainment, communicating with family and friends. if I ever had to...
    Lynessence Lynessence 31-35, F Jan 31

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    john1818 john1818 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    you meet with your friends to hang out at the

    designated time and place with no mobile and yet managed to get together fine. no one worries about where their mobile is or what is the latest tweet or who posts the last story or what is currently demanding attention news.. you just hang out! filled with fun and laughter! who...
    remydodol remydodol 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    Less drama, more interaction with friends

    and family. Eating at the dinner table. Having more conversations about what happened during the day. It was a simpler way of life.
    honeysuckle23 honeysuckle23 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2014

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    in years gone by, people actually had a life!

    ! these days, so many people (not all) have a life that consists of working, and then any other time, either sitting on the internet or watching tv. only leaving home when they absolutely need to, like going food shopping etc!! people don't go out shopping for anything else cos...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    I quit Facebook, now I'm thinkin social media

    in general is not for me anymore. It's more of a habit that doesn't really bring anyone closer. I'm takin it old school!
    SettlerNoMore SettlerNoMore 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 22, 2014

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    I wonder what would happen

    if nobody could get on the internet for three months
    xshilx xshilx 41-45, F 10 Responses Jan 21

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    There was a time.....

    ....it seems so long ago now, that you didn't have this "distraction", this "opportunity". When you actually spent time with family or went outside for some fresh air....etc. It's a distraction and an opportunity, because often times, there are other things that should be getting...
    Mencrytoo Mencrytoo 46-50, M 4 Responses Feb 21

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    Whenever you feel alone,

    just remember, Those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I. - Lion King.
    AlphaLion AlphaLion 22-25, M Feb 8

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    I remember when you had to slide out

    if your bedroom window, sneak down the alley and throw rocks at the window of the girl you had a crush on to get her attention without parents finding out about it. You also found out what the wrong end of a shotgun looked liked, and to run like hell.
    extex59 extex59 51-55, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    I remember, I really remember,

    and I love books - still do - but I won't go back there. I can imagine a life without the internet, but I can't imagine a life without the internet.
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Internet came into my life right around the time

    when children try to run away from their imaginations and try to be more grown up. I wonder what my teenage years would have been like if the internet wasn't introduced to the general public so early.
    dreamingoptimist dreamingoptimist 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2014

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    wife81 wife81 31-35, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    Seriously, we use to have hockey talkies all

    the town on sleep overs, and our Dsi's in sleep overs when you put it under the sheets and lower your brightness to not get in trouble .. *sigh* and that wasn't so long ago too.. Time flies..
    marebare303 marebare303 13-15, F 5 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    It was a simpler lifestyle then.

    Growing up without it you didn't know what you were missing. The library was my Google. You used a paper phone book. We were not connected to an electronic device 24-7. We went outside and played as kids instead of playing games online all day. I can't imagine not having the...
    Robin10 Robin10 46-50, F 15 Responses Nov 27, 2014

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    I do..even though I was a little kid.

    I remember my parents carrying around those gigantic cell phones. And watching tapes instead of DVDs. I miss those times. But I am addicted to the Internet. :p
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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    I was working on a Nat (network address

    translation) lab in IT class today...NAT exists to address the shortage of IPV4 address because of the unpredicted growth of internet usage. (more rambling below) Listening to TJR / Rising Music. I love his music. Drinking a Yuengling black and tan. I was in college in the 8...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 17, 2014

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    Here we have a man, so engrossed in whatever

    he’s doing on his mobile device, that he appears to be completely oblivious to the humpback whale that surfaced next to his boat. Of course the man may have witnessed something like this so many times before that he’s totally blasé about it now; or maybe he...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 8 Responses Feb 6

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    Somke11 Somke11 13-15, M Dec 31, 2014

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 18-21, M 14 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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    This is just based on my Opinion

    but to me, I'm basing what I am saying on the Obvious. I was born in the 90's so I grew up with the Internet being born but I was not surrounded by it nor was I interested. I really started to use the internet when I was around 11/12 years old, using MSN. Now it's global and...
    MisssValentine MisssValentine 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 14, 2014

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    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    when people looked up information in books

    called encyclopedias. mail was written long hand and sealed with a kiss to travel three days to the intended reciever and the letter was cherished. movies were exciting because you had to wait till friday night and you would go out or you had to watch the commercials when it was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Jan 8

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    Remember having to pull out the phone book to

    order pizza? Or to call ANYONE for that matter who's number you didn't have committed to memory? ( If you were also around during that time before speed dial). Or, the only photo you'd have of your secret high school crush was their photo in the yearbook?
    redjunior redjunior 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 17, 2014