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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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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

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 35 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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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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    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

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    My social experiences were

    when I would ride, either my horse or my bike to the country store and get soda and a candy bar or bag of chips. Other kids would be there, doing the same things, and we'd all ride off and get into all sorts of things. lol BUT we'd all be home by dinner!!
    calmincense calmincense 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 15

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses May 15

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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 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 2 days ago

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    In the days before the Internet,

    the notion of inappropriate behaviour was very different. If you crossed the line you got a smack in the kisser. End of problem.
    vicjustvic vicjustvic 41-45, M 4 Responses Jun 21

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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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    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 8 Responses May 9

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    There really was life

    before the internet?
    louis98960 louis98960 61-65, M 6 Responses Jun 14

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    when I was little if I did got on the internet

    is was to play on paint. I remember jumping on the bed, playing hide and seek, red light green light, playing with my dolls, or hop Scott if I wasn't doing none of those things I was either watching cartoons or playing on my Nintendo 64...Ah good memories. now looking at the...
    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 27

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 18-21, M 13 Responses Jul 17, 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 7 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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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 3 Responses Jul 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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    Girls Going Crazy Over the Bay City

    RollersYesterday I took some of my BCR autographs and photos to my friends at Got The Picture to have them professionally mounted and framed. All of a sudden, the whole sales staff were teenage girls again going goo-gah over the Bay City Rollers!Honestly, not many girls of that...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Kontor merkezi günün her saat her dakikası

    hizmete devam etmektedir.Stok sorunu olmayan kontor merkezi anında tl yükleme işlemi yapmaktadır. Siz sadece istediğiniz kontör miktarını yazınız gerisi bizim işimiz En ucuz parça kontör parça tl bizim sistemimizdedir.
    kontormerkezi kontormerkezi 22-25, M Jun 19

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Oct 14, 2014

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    Friendship Books Before the internet,

    we corresponded by hand, right around the world. The postal system was fairly reliable; the way I remember it, it was faster and more reliable than it is today. By the time I was a young teenager, the Friendship Book system had arrived, or FB for short. You would have one...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 17

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    What one generation sees

    as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity. - - Anthony Crosland
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 6 Responses Mar 8

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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 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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    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...
    butterflyangels2387 butterflyangels2387 26-30, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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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 13 Responses Jul 3

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    I didn't know internet till I was 14!

    ! and in those not everyone has computers and owning a laptop was a BIG thing! It gradually started after and today I m hooked up to it 24/7..And I can't imagine a life without internet anymore..
    simplydbest simplydbest 22-25, M 5 Responses Jul 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 14 Responses Mar 10

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    The Internet has ruined

    so many childrens' self esteems, I was one of them, tbh. I thought we were all the same, I couldn't tell a difference in anybody. One day, I got an Instagram, all of a sudden I found thinspo and fitspo pages, then I found pages making fun of people's body's, at such a young...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 10 Responses Jun 25

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    I remember life before the Internet,

    and life before color TV. In fact I go all the way back to radio; the kind that used to glow in the dark. In fact I remember telegraph, and can still outrun my daughter when she is using keyboard, by using a hand key.
    Radrat Radrat 66-70, M 5 Responses Jun 16

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    When you couldn't hide the fact

    that you were losing an argument by commenting on the other person's spelling and grammar.
    underlyinghonesty underlyinghonesty 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 21

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    I remember life before the Internet.

    Not being able to google questions and finding out the answer immediately, actually having to refer to this giant book called an encyclopedia. It was a tough time but nothing like before there was cell phones. I can remember wanting to contact somebody and not being able to...
    Peter4546 Peter4546 41-45, M 5 Responses Jul 3

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    I think before internet life was much better

    you could be with family more you could visit more people often even your life would be better becouse of the internet kids now days i really don't understand how they have fun i remember i stayed outside for hours and played game i will never forget those days
    Sozdar Sozdar 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 8

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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 26 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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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.
    Idiotkitty Idiotkitty 18-21, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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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 12 Responses Jun 15

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    I miss when people actually met,

    talked, and experienced things in person, rather than through a keyboard.
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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 6 hrs ago

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    I remember tv shows that told you you could go

    to your local library if you didn't have a computer at home.
    Ladybugzrule22 Ladybugzrule22 26-30, F 7 Responses Jul 3

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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 Jul 17

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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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    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 Nov 26, 2014

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    I don't think any parent 20 years down the road

    will look back on his/her time with his/her kids and say I'm sad I didn't respond to all of my Facebook notifications. Or texts. Or emails. But I think I can think of many children that will remember that he/she didn't. Time to put that iPhone away.
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 14

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    akkiRK akkiRK 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 27

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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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