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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    I remember being able to finish my homework

    without Google or Wikipedia. Kids now a days are spoiled with search engines...
    RiceBunny55 RiceBunny55 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 30

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    I find in some ways how using the internet has

    become such an essential thing it seems, or at least a most convenient thing, is a bit like how I found life changing when I learned to drive: so much more became possible, it suddenly felt like there was less and less time to do everything, when one might have expected the...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I even remember life

    before answering machines. I'm talking the way back time. You'd call someone and they would be out living their life and...the phone would just ring. If it was important, you called back.
    ImpishToad ImpishToad 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 3

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    Had this conversation with someone at work a

    week ago. We where talking about being plugged in and the internet and all the gadgets that access the internet. His said "I can't live without my cell phone". I told him that I could. He said it is impossible to get by without a cellphone. I reminded him that I went about...
    galdran galdran 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 9

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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

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    When you could have an intelligent

    conversation/discussion without someone saying either a) let me google that, or b) that's not what it said on xyz.com etc. Google has single handedly ruined the art of debate... But I still wouldn't be without it! Lol
    killaswfc killaswfc 31-35, M Aug 7

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    oh yes of course! well,

    life before internet...yeah simple topic I remember very well! I used to... and then... ehm.... -.- No, ****, life before internet DOESN'T exist! lol
    Enjoyyourlife Enjoyyourlife 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 7

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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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    Well, not life before the internet exactly,

    but I remember life before I had internet :) I only got internet and television when I was 12. Before that, the library was my best friend haha.
    Oasisdawn3 Oasisdawn3 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 26

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    Once Upon A Time...

    Yes I'm old, obviously.  My kids grew up with a computer and as soon as the eldest was 10 we got our first internet connection because I thought it would be helpful for school and it was! When I was young I had to type my applications on a manual typewriter. There was no auto...
    RickiChickie RickiChickie 46-50, F 7 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    Life before the internet was great,

    I just didn't know it at the time. It was so simple. I was in high school when social media became the 'in' thing. I wish I knew how destructive it could be. We were all young and so naive to be spouting so much personal info about ourselves right across the internet. It made...
    fullen fullen 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 23

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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

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    I remember the closest thing we had was a Word

    Processor. I was AMAZED to see a 'typewriter' that didn't have a carriage and that I was able to make corrections with a cursor !!
    MysticTraveler MysticTraveler 51-55, M 6 Responses Jul 23

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    And before smart phones,

    where you could actually have a conversation with them in person without them looking at some freaking screen tapping away, or taking 'selfies', Just makes them look like morons with no intelligence. Where you would spend your days actually going outside and exploring nature...
    Anth9012 Anth9012 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 7

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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

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    szchwakovpf szchwakovpf 18-21, M Aug 3

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    I remember waiting by the mailbox

    for the postman when I was a kid. I belonged to the weekly reader book club. Every week during the summer I would get a book in the mail. Green Eggs and Ham was the first. Or birthday cards from a favorite Aunt or Uncle. I would read and re-read it..... Valentine cards....Now...
    smokethis smokethis 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 30

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    I am so happy to have experienced high school,

    and middle school for that matter, without the presence of smartphones and social media. I feel as though we are the last of our kind, free to enjoy the last moments of a world less... monitored.
    Court1eleven Court1eleven 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    Too much technology! I'm just

    as guilty as our youth of today. Since when did sitting side by side on our iPhones constitute spending time together? :-/
    PeachMoscato PeachMoscato 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    Life before the Internet?

    Hell, I can remember before there was Colour Telly!!!!
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I remember building cubby houses out of sticks

    and gum nuts were money for good sticks kept us entertained for hours...or talking about how the world began..sleeping on my best friends tin roof and counting shooting stars (with a bottle of passion pop) I also remember the internet beginning and that really long internet...
    wherethewildthingswere wherethewildthingswere 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm a 90's baby (Represent!

    ) but before Myspace, before the Facebook's, twitter, EP, and the rest of the bunch. I actually remember watching cartoons, Disney movies, Disney channel, the muppets, fraggal rock, mighty ducks, Aladdin. You guys know the rest, but those were a part of the times where you could...
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 1 Response May 30

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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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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 16-17, M 15 Responses Jul 17

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    A much simpler time. I miss it

    as I sit here on my smart phone.
    jroadice jroadice 26-30, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I wish we had internet

    when I was younger. There is so much knowledge being shared online (too bad there is also tons of crap). It's also a wonderful thing to be able to connect with likeminded people miles away. Yes it was good before internet but it's so much better with internet. I wouldn't...
    Krist0f Krist0f 41-45, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    It may not have been

    before the internet, but I remember before the general population got internet. Only people who were really wealthy had internet and we didn't get it till a couple years after and it was dial up. America online anybody? Lol
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F 9 Responses Jun 21

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    I remember back when kids

    and teenagers actually interacted with each other, by talking to each other face to face and by playing games like hide n' seek. But now that everything is all about technology and social media, we can't help but submit to it. It helps us express ourselves and helps us overcome...
    TheTshirt TheTshirt 18-21, M 15 Responses Jul 12

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    Oh I just hate saying this.

    I remember when....it's bullshit. We all love our little smarty phones and tablets. Imagine picking up a ginormous map while driving! Or waiting for that ******* to return the book at the library. All we have to do now is download the ******. I love it! However, I do love...
    ImFoolish ImFoolish 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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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

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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 
    TheDreamyWoman TheDreamyWoman 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 12

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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 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 10

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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

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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 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I remember when we had dial up

    and how it made that annoying noise! The Internet has changed so much in the past decade it's crazy!
    tsg96 tsg96 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 12

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    It was fascinating. People outside.

    Games. And. Things to do.
    iamnoor iamnoor 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    It was so simple and there is something

    so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    enza105 enza105 18-21, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    In my youth: Kids write a letter to him/her

    and giving it to her in school. What i see last days: Kids write a letter to him/her (i was astonished they write on real paper) and...no, they didn't't give it away in school. They took a photo and sent it via Whatsapp. Crazy world.....
    plutoniumoxid plutoniumoxid 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 30

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    Do you remember life

    before handphones and things like texting, emails, chatting?? I dont even think its possible to live without a mobile but i did once! Weirdly enough things did work out fine.
    jumpingoffthecliff jumpingoffthecliff 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 19

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    Well, I for one can sure remember that.

    Here's a classic example of how we would have fun - and probably a precursor to the internet! My best friend lived in the house opposite me. We stretched a long piece of string across from my bedroom to his, and attached a cocoa tin to each end. What a great phone it made when...
    CarMechanic CarMechanic 66-70, M 7 Responses Jun 27

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    The first computer we ever had was DOS.

    I remember I had to put the big black floppy disk (whatever it's called) into the computer to play games. It was just a keyboard and monitor together. I think someone gave it to us one day. Then my parents bought a Gateway with Windows 98 operating system and I can sort of...
    adhane05 adhane05 22-25, M 9 Responses Jun 28

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    Honestly, we all were living without it,

    the generation over 30 years old. Now i cant live a day without net. I allways check profiles of strangers, im curious about their pics, i read hundert of pages online, i check and see all the movies online. I mean, why? Why i cant just throw it away and live without it? Its...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    eozoe eozoe 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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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 82 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    It saddens me today that it seems

    that many of the younger generation knows little about face to face conversation. They are happy to hide behind their computers and phone seemingly without any consequence for what they can or cant say. I feel todays society really struggles with conflict resolution and...
    KarlPirrottina KarlPirrottina 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Back in high school even with Windows 95

    and not being interested. I would mostly just be by myself and play Super Nintendo rather than be on the computer. Now, it's Facebook and the computer 95% of the time.
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    I read a lot back then, books that had the musty library smell. Now with e-reading ,its less enjoyable and the constant flow of IM's via social networks ,email, texts, calls and...
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