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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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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...
    evolving2010 evolving2010 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 3, 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...
    Babydoll42 Babydoll42 41-45, F 24 Responses Oct 18, 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...
    AmericanLeanings AmericanLeanings 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2011

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    I was in my mom's belly ☺
    buddy1211 buddy1211 13-15, M 2 Responses Jan 19

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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...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 9 Responses Sep 30, 2009

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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...
    seasalticecream seasalticecream 16-17, M 3 Responses Mar 17

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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...
    Grits4life Grits4life 46-50, F 6 Responses Feb 8, 2009

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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...
    asidea asidea 56-60, M Feb 14

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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...
    072hardeep 072hardeep 26-30, M Feb 12, 2013

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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...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2008

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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...
    Mehameha Mehameha 51-55, M 4 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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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...
    TheMoonGetsMe TheMoonGetsMe 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 4, 2013

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 12, 2009

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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...
    OldnDaysinSF OldnDaysinSF 22-25, F Sep 10, 2009

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 8, 2013

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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...
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2013

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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...
    mrhandymanx mrhandymanx 51-55, M 1 Response May 23, 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...
    Returnoflordtyrant Returnoflordtyrant 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 28

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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...
    Kunalmathur Kunalmathur 22-25, M Jun 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...
    rachelkeegan rachelkeegan 31-35, F Aug 24, 2012

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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...
    tidetheory tidetheory 26-30, F 3 Responses May 4, 2008

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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...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Nov 16, 2012

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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...
    rphmom rphmom 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 12

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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...
    realmac realmac 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 10, 2010

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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...
    meme111111 meme111111 36-40, 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...
    Oldfool81 Oldfool81 36-40, M Feb 18, 2013

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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...
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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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...
    twopegs twopegs 61-65, M 2 Responses Sep 10, 2009

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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...
    Ruru88 Ruru88 18-21, F Mar 24

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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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    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 4 days ago

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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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    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...
    xlxSpiraxlx xlxSpiraxlx 26-30, F Oct 5, 2013

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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...
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 23, 2008

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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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    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...
    hellcat88 hellcat88 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 6

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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...
    Owlmaid Owlmaid 22-25, F Feb 6

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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...
    SterlingKickstand SterlingKickstand 36-40, F Jan 22

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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...
    nicohan nicohan 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 5

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 29, 2011

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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...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 6

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 16, 2011

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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 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...
    leaving6622 leaving6622 36-40, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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...
    Cristofori Cristofori 41-45, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 11 Responses Jun 17, 2008

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    It's Made Life Both Easier And Harder. - I work a nightshift job and stll keep the same schedule even on my day's off. The internet was alot of help getting through the long winter...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M Apr 1, 2012

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