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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    ...when something happened to you exciting,

    and you shared your story with yule family at the dinner table later that evening. ...cell phones suck
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 3

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    I remember life before the internet.

    ....when people used to wait anxiously for mails at their doors, where most playgrounds were full of kids playing, where most people are able to finish homeworks, make ideas about arts and crafts without the help of Google... lol
    sexydivide sexydivide 36-40, F 6 Responses Mar 23

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    YES! There was life before the internet.

    I remember going outside and playing with my friends not looking down at a tiny screen. Your imagination with your best play time toy! The things we use to come up with to play with just a few simple sticks!! Good times.
    justlarryw justlarryw 56-60, M Aug 3

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 35 Responses Sep 5, 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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    AeshSme AeshSme 61-65, M 13 Responses 1 day ago

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    I've got two daughters

    who are in their twenties. Both are college graduates and have either completed grad school or are still there. I remember doing papers in college the "old fashioned" way - books and microfiche at the library. My kids were flabbergasted at doing university level research with...
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    Do you know what my "tablet computer" was

    when I was a kid? It was a "Magic Slate". Remember them? You have a stick, write on the plastic, and what you write come out on the plastic. Then when you're finished, you pull the plastic up & it erases everything, and you can start over. That was MY computer tablet when I was...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 1 Response Jul 17

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    We live at a time when it's more important to

    some to erase history then to build it.
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart 46-50, F 10 Responses Jun 22

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    I didn't have to worry about people insulting

    me online, about how many likes and comments I get on my pictures, who texts me first, if the group chat talks bad about you, people hanging out without you. It was simple. I always worry about these things and it drives me nuts sometimes.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 1

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    I remember when me and my siblings

    and cousins, out of all of us someone will break something in the house and we never wanted to snitch, and just pretended we didn't know so we all got spanked lol
    TotalX TotalX 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    Wifi withdrawals. How do people

    even internet on a cell phone?
    ThePinkPowerRanger ThePinkPowerRanger 31-35, F Aug 5

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    life before the computer

    and internet was not so instant gratifying. We saved box tops off of cereal to send in for a groovy toy. waiting 4-6 weeks sucked really bad. You checked the mail every day. You even knew the mail person by name. my mom insisted we eat meals as a family together every night...
    LITVET LITVET 41-45, F 11 Responses Jul 3

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    I was born in '92, so there was Internet,

    but I didn't start using it till I was 10. I actually played lots of Dungeons and Dragons when I was little. My friends and I collected all kinds of cool characters for it, and each time we would choose a different person to be dungeon master. Call me narcissistic, but I still...
    IamBecomeDeath IamBecomeDeath 22-25, M 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I used to read the encyclopedia

    for fun. But now I google. EVERYTHING.
    recalculator recalculator 51-55, F 10 Responses Jul 13

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    Sometimes, I want to go back in time wherein

    the internet is not a big deal. The life before the internet has humanity, real life experiece make a good memories.
    letmedothat letmedothat 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses May 15

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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 7 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    In fact, being 75 years old,

    I even remember (dimly) the Second World War, and posted a paragraph about it a few days ago which was pulled by the EP robot police for reasons as yet unspecified. Today is the 70th anniversary of VE Day (victory in Europe), a day of unrivalled celebration in 1945. I can...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 7 Responses May 9

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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 8 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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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 46-50, F 80 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    I remember pagers. Lol.

    people communicate in person. children played outside and played board games. girls were girls
    dregina1 dregina1 36-40, F 11 Responses Jun 15

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    Big speakers with the tweeters

    and woofers, 15 inch was the best. Bose And Pioneer and National Lampoon and early SNL. Cassette and vinyl albums with the folding covers to clean the seeds and stems out. Eight tracks of Uriah Heap and Led Zeppelin. Going to the record store...yes, there were such things and...
    zax2 zax2 51-55, M 10 Responses Jul 9

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    I like being more connected with the world

    but it's sad how antisocial and awkward it's making kids
    civix22 civix22 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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    When I thought maybe one in every million

    people was a perv... How many would that be total? Only 7,000 or so in the entire world?? Yeah good times.. BEFORE THE TRUTH CAME OUT OF THE CLOSET AND SLAPPED ME IN MY FACE WITH IT'S BIG GAY CLOSET FLEEING WIENER!! I HATE YOU TRUTH!! I HATE YOU!! ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE UGLY...
    MyHandStoleMySwankyVirginity MyHandStoleMySwankyVirginity 26-30, M Aug 8

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    I remember life before Internet.

    I think life was better. People had to make a bigger effort,to be in your life. People had to learn the skills of socializing. People had to hear your voice. A voice that has slowly Been dying behind a screen. Two people had to click on more levels than (like). Communication,has...
    Susiedisney Susiedisney 56-60, F 4 Responses Jul 17

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    I miss when people actually met,

    talked, and experienced things in person, rather than through a keyboard.
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jun 11

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    Oh yes. I am indeed that old.

    How different it was to be young then- no texts. No FaceTubeagram. If I plucked up the courage to 'phone a potential girlfriend it meant the land line. And negotiating the parents (or worse, sibling) first. Funny. They always seemed to be in the bath when I called.... Twas...
    Newnameuk Newnameuk 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 11

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    breezyb16 breezyb16 16-17, M 5 Responses Aug 12

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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 27 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    I remember days when we used to play stupid

    games swim in lakes hang out at nowhere and plan something big meet each other for no reason chit chat for hours a decade ago and today I sit with my laptop and Internet looking at my friends profile and planning to meet each other
    abhayisabhay abhayisabhay 22-25, M 6 Responses Jul 29

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    wordpress.com/wp-login.php hey guys... please go through my blog and tell me what you think :-)
    whatishappening15 whatishappening15 22-25, F Aug 11

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    And life before digital on general.

    there were so many more opportunities for live human interaction and chemistry before everyone was glued to a phone. I remember so many moments of real human connection and I took it all for granted. I fondly recall record stores and flipping thru bins while a cute guy stood...
    LeighAd1 LeighAd1 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 3

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    Geeze. . I'm getting old.

    .I not only remember life before the internet . .I remember life without color television.
    breezeway01 breezeway01 46-50, F 13 Responses Mar 10

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    Interesting article out of a news site this

    week. Your phone is not your friend, so stop acting like it! MY chest tightened and my palms prickled as I flattened myself against the wall and glanced around the party, looking for a familiar face. The handful of people I knew were in the bathroom, deep in conversation or...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 15

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    When I lost my job of 2years in January I

    thought it would be easy enough to get another job I always have in the past. But now most places only take online resumes, unlike back even a few years ago where I could give my best impression in person. I can't deal with the internet ruling our lives, I have no idea what job...
    BrokenAndDown BrokenAndDown 26-30, F 8 Responses Jul 25

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    Life was sooooo difficult with out the Internet,

    it was difficult not being able to find certain things and rarely was it easy to find a location, now all that has changed. Thank (your god you worship) for the net....😊.
    John2526 John2526 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 31

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    Things were so much simpler

    when there was no internet.Sometimes I think about deleting everything and throwing away my laptop.. that would feel GREAT!!!! Well maybe I will someday!
    demp89 demp89 22-25, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    my parents didn't have computer

    until I was 13. who all remembers the days of total boredom? those days where you made up the silliest games. but those were fun and I don't regret not having the internet.
    CreativeKitty CreativeKitty 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 28

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 18-21, M 13 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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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...
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    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F 18 Responses 1 day ago

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    The good outweighs the bad in regards to the

    internet. Well done Mr. Gore, well done.
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 10

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    000Camilla 000Camilla 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 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 56-60, M 8 Responses Feb 28