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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    There were Fox Mulder

    and Scully. X-files. I heard X-files and those badass two will come back again soon. Is it true??
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky 26-30, F 14 Responses Jan 30

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    My childhood was amazing.

    I spent my free time playing outside with my neighbors. I would play all day until my mom called me inside for dinner. I babysit for two families and it makes me sad that the children are so glued to technology. I try to get them to play outside but they would rather play...
    bawstenbrewin bawstenbrewin 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    The problem/challenge I have with internet is

    there're so many things I am curious about - so many browser tabs can be opened. Just type then phwoosh! Cannot concentrate on one thing.. Long time ago, to find some info I need to open books one by one. At least I can concentrate on one book (one topic) at a time, not as...
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky 26-30, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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    I asked my friend who was born in '90

    if she remembered the time before the Internet. She noded, started to imitate the dial in tone and said that was the time when I had to go to the school to get online. It was so funny to see what no Internet means to someone who technically can't remember life without it. :)
    poppingcandyrulez poppingcandyrulez 36-40, F 9 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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    and I don't think it was possible to explore

    different identities and be different personalities, the way we can do now. I have been several different people on here, and I know some of you are more than one person on here at the same time. Come to think of it, in the past there were some people who lived "double lives...
    FriarJuniper FriarJuniper 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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    And I also remember the old phones,

    where when you got mad, you could slam the receiver down. End call doesn't do it for me now. I remember playing outside on sunny days, riding my bike down Davis Hill on a double dog dare; it was worth being grounded for a week for ice cream money. I miss those simple, carefree...
    ZenGrrrlLioNESS ZenGrrrlLioNESS 46-50, F 8 Responses Oct 20, 2015

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    People born in this day

    and age think everything can be handled by Google but before Google and Bing and Ask. We had books filled with vast knowledge.
    CaitTheAvenger CaitTheAvenger 18-21, F 12 Responses Jan 17

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    Daftusername Daftusername 46-50, M Jan 19

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    My dad is the one that brought residential

    Internet to my state, so yes. I remember the before and after. Also remember working in the industry...
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F Jan 7

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

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    I grew up in a village

    where there are many kids. We grew up together there and still in touch with each other up to now. When we're young, we will gather together in the afternoon and play street games all day long until evening.. And kids sleep early those days because we're all tired of playing...
    IntrovertMe IntrovertMe 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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    Ive noticed the less time i spend online the

    happier i feel and more productive i am and relaxed less tense it's nice..
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 22, 2015

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    Hahaa, I remember the specific time internet

    was introduced in my family. I was about 8-9 years old. Truly, I liked the life before more. My two brothers and I used to go exploring all over the place and the fun would never die down. The annual kite-flying competition was the most anticipated event at least for me. We...
    trayceetrace trayceetrace 18-21, F Jan 3

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    Life before the internet.

    I was lucky to be one of those kids growing up before most kids had a computer.I actually had a childhood.
    rickjaggers rickjaggers 36-40, M 5 Responses Jan 14

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    ItllBeOnSnapChatDude-TryAndDoAFlipOrSomethinCoolOnTheWayDownBro
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 2

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    I actually remember life

    before push button phones! Remember having to wait as the dial made its way back from the number you'd used to the beginning ? Whirrrrrrrrr CLICK ! Not that I'd go back there now though, the Internet has changed EVERYTHING, I'm just glad that I was around when it hadn't 🙂
    GuitarsandBikes GuitarsandBikes 41-45, M 9 mins ago

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    Remember when........

    A computer was something on TV from a science fiction show of note a window was something you hated to clean and ram was the cousin of a goat Meg was the name of my girlfriend and gig was a job for the nights now they all mean different things and that really mega bytes An...
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2015

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    Back then it was difficult to get information

    about anything. I wish there was internet when I was in my early teens. Maybe it would have helped me with a lot of things. It would have helped me gain more information about health.
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Sep 24, 2015

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    I was born in 1998, I still remember life

    before the Internet. I had a normal childhood. When I was a kid I would play in the woods with my friends, build forts, and sneak to the lake to catch fish with a bucket. I had bratz dolls, barbies and other toys that I was obsessed with, i would spend hours on decorating my...
    KarahXnichole KarahXnichole 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 3

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    Before Amazon: We Had Sears

    and Roebuck: A 3 inch thick catalog (The reason why we would hand write a Christmas card with 5 dollars cash in it for our mailman, every house hold received one of these heavy books) The catalog had everything from perfume to lawnmower's. The order sheet was filled out by hand...
    Wendy630 Wendy630 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 3

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    Instead of YouTube, If we wanted to listen to

    "our" favorite music, we would have to tune in a radio station (tin foil on the antenna) Cassette tape and fingers on play and record simultaneously . You had to be quiet while making your mixed tape because it would also record any sounds from the room. Right in the middle of...
    Wendy630 Wendy630 46-50, F 12 Responses Jan 2

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    how can 18-22 year olds remember the dark ages?

    Before they could read or tap on a phone?
    mickitg mickitg 41-45, T 5 Responses Feb 1

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    I remember being in a cafe,

    restaurant or coffee shop and hearing a buzz of conversation. Now I see people mostly looking at their phones. Which is fine, I love my phone. But I always leave it in my car or turn off the ringer and put it in her purse when we go out. When I go out with my young...
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun 56-60, M 6 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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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, 2015

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    Yep. I feel old when I think about it.

    I remember when colour graphics and sound were a huge deal nevermind the internet. Anyone remember what a dial up modem sounds like? God I am glad those are gone. I remember before there was such a thing as laptops. Mac Portable? not really. lol I remember they used to...
    PicturesOfABetterTomorrow PicturesOfABetterTomorrow 31-35, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    I finished the 5th season of Downton Abbey on

    Netflix aawwww ?? wish I could watch the 6th soon..
    seraphina00 seraphina00 26-30, F Jan 29

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    I remember when the streetlights coming on

    meant time to come home, and kids played outside all day instead of sitting in front of a TV playing games all day or playing on their cell phones all day.
    emtgirl78 emtgirl78 36-40, F 10 Responses Sep 16, 2015

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    Three days of no internet is

    so liberating... okay so maybe not. But it's something should think over, like making life decisions.
    NanamiMomozono NanamiMomozono 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 31, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 34 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    Yes I do! We played solitaire w cards instead

    of the comp game, used the library card catalog, used paper maps instead of Google, had to actually do research w books, more time spent w fam. I could go on and on.......
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Nov 1, 2015

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    Remember waiting for the Wish Books.

    ..Wards...JC Pennys...Sears to come in the mail? Scouring over them for hours...discovering something new on each page? I would turn down the corners of the pages that had the toys and games I most wanted to find under the tree Christmas Morning. On my Santa list I would refer to...
    southerncaviar southerncaviar 56-60, F 9 Responses Sep 28, 2015

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    I can remember life before the Internet kids

    today don't know how easy they have it
    thebigdoctor61 thebigdoctor61 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I remember using Encarta Encyclopedia

    before Google for every project and assignment.
    DrLizzyFreud DrLizzyFreud 26-30, F 13 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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    Back then, we didn't ignore people by sticking

    our noses in our phones all the time. I, for one, ignored everyone by sticking my nose in a book.
    Anonomdeplume Anonomdeplume 70+, F 8 Responses Sep 15, 2015

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    what i remember about life

    before the internet is that my weekends were very lonely,depressing,and boring. i always worked during the week..but when the weekends rolled around, i had nothing to do. the boredom led me to dating men that i wouldnt normally date and putting up with things that i wouldnt...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 30, 2015

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    I'm old enough to remember dark avocado green

    appliances and partially oxidized chrome bumpers on the family station wagon. Shoe shine stands at busy train stations and barber shops that smelled of bay rum with pictures of prize fighters on the wall and playboy magazines mixed between sports illustrated and esquire...
    Dominantvelvet Dominantvelvet 46-50, M 7 Responses Nov 9, 2015

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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'm a convert to digital music

    and couldn't do without Spotify now. Streaming music on demand has been around for ages though. Does anyone remember Dial-a-disc? You would phone a number and listen to a record, just one a day, no choice. Most times you would get through half way through and have to listen to...
    oneangryman oneangryman 51-55, M 4 Responses Jan 21

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    I remember the smell of newsprint on a rainy

    day.. Thick paper and bold fragrant ink. The sports section, printed on green paper and the entertainment section on Sundays would be printed on pink paper. I would go directly to the comics to read Blondie and Andy Capp. I was young and sometimes didn't understand the humor...
    Dominantvelvet Dominantvelvet 46-50, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    I finished the 5th season of Downton Abbey on

    Netflix aawwww ?? wish I could watch the 6th soon..
    seraphina00 seraphina00 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    Yes, I do! And I'm not trying to sound like

    some cranky person who complains a ton, but I do have to say that the Internet ruined my friendships. Growing up, social interactions developed on the playground. My elementary school realized this, so we had two 1-hour recess sessions a day. We played all sorts of sports and...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 10

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    Believe it or not, there was a life

    before the internet. Once I got my dial-up internet, I pretty much had it made.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jan 27

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    life before the internet to a degree was miles

    better, but in hindsight it saved my life!
    Justme8303 Justme8303 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 10

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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 77 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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