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Who remembers life BEFORE the internet, twitter, facebook???

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posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 07:30 PM
Do you remember what you did before you logged countless hours surfing the net, following countless others with their tweets, and updating your status on facebook?
I dont do twitter or facebook, but I do remember spending lot of free time reading books and watching television, more time reading.
I still read alot now, with my ipad, I think I read MORE books then I did before, with the availability of more books via download

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 07:36 PM
I'm not that old young scallywag. No, I was talking about that the internet was created around 1960's or 1970's. I'm not exactly sure. But anyway yes, I remember life vividly before I was online all day everyday. Playing outside and just living life without a worry. Everything had it's ups and downs.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 07:39 PM
I used to go out cruising around town with my friends on the weekends. We would go to the typical social hang out spots like the movies, and then a couple popular eateries, usually followed up by either bowling or a few hours at a pool hall. Then if everything went well we might hit a party on the way home. The best part was that everyone had to interact face to face with each other. No cell phone to bury your head in, or game to play on your tablet.

Ahh those were the days when you could actually strike up a conversation with someone and not have to worry about them zoning out on their phone. When people actually socialized physically and not virtually. When you knew what the person that you asked to go out on a date looked like because you asked them out in person, and you didn't have to worry if their selfy pic on facebook is real or not.

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posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 07:53 PM
We were off our butts being active playing basketball down at the park, playing baseball, cruising around town meeting girls, going to parties, dancing at nightclubs, going to the beach and playing volleyball, going to the movies, meeting with friends and just hanging out, talking and having fun. We were all thin back then too!!

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 07:53 PM
Ah yes...

Libraries, encyclopedias, telephone books, news at 6:00, and smoke signals.

Thems was the good ol' days.


We were a bunch of ill-informed schmucks, is what we were.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 08:21 PM
Telephone books!

I used to spend hours at the library combing through telephone books looking for addresses so I could apply for jobs.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 08:31 PM
reply to post by HomerinNC

When I wasn't working,I would ride my bike,walk,go shopping,
read,watch tv,play my atari 7800,was hooked on Babylon5 and
Star Trek Next Generation,listened to music and loved Metallica,
Led Zeppelin,T-Rex,Blondie,the Beach Boys and 50's doo-wop.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 08:33 PM
reply to post by HomerinNC

Vaguely, I'm not that old.

I remember when the internet was cool. You could find free porn with no pop-ups. You could share things without being labeled a pirate. Free samples were free.

Life before the internet sucked.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 08:34 PM
I'd tie up the phone lines logged onto bulletin boards. Replying to messages in SIG rooms, accessing the Downloads area, playing the game doors and when some bbs systems finally had more than 1 phone line, using the chat or playing the multiplayer games. LORD was neat with more than 1 person at a time.

Downloading individual txt files that had all the information on the sound card ports for common card types, how to program them.. actually making software from scratch. None of this wysiwyg app making crap. No wizards. Back in the days when visual basic sounded like stupid name for a language.. Obviously I want to see it, why does it need to be visual?

Before that...

I seem to remember that the radio was my access point to everything else. But I'd only been in existence for a few years by this point, how my brain stored the activities that occurred around me and that I participated in, could be skewed.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 08:58 PM
wow i actually had a life went out went to bars and picked up lots and lots of girls

those were the days yip the good old days were better

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 09:00 PM
reply to post by HomerinNC

Yes, I got into meaningless arguments face to face with people. Lol.

Really though, I'm only twenty five. So I remember before our family had access to the Internet. I'm not on Facebook or twitter and the like. I think the biggest change is that I've gotten information much faster.

Every six months or so I try to do a one to two month unplug. Fortunately I live in a rural area and have many opportunities to veg out on nature. Get balanced, get centered, and quiet the mind for a bit. It's really important.


posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 09:04 PM
The one thing I wanted the most before the internet came along to make it all better was online games.
Part of me knew that was going to be a thing. It was a day dream of mine. The COD format to be precise.

I like to think back to the time when there was no online games though and admire the era.

But I miss the unconnectedness of it all before it came along.
It feels like a day doesn't go by where we see things from across the world we wouldn't or shouldn't have seen at all to keep us in our perfect little naive bubble devoid of reality.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 09:06 PM
Yes - playing in the woods until our stomachs were growling or it got too dark out to see. Riding our bikes everywhere they'd take us. Visiting family and chatting.

My niece comes over and my sister in law and they are more busy texting when they do come over - once in a rare while now.

If I wanted to know anything I'd walk the mile to the library and carry as many books as possible to read to find the one or two lines of info I required. Then I'd trudge back in a week or so and repeat the process.

Had an old Remington typewriter that had a missing key and ribbons were getting hard to find when internet came about. Loved that old thing. Weighed a ton. And the clatter! Thought I was SO smart when I was able to manually store form letters for work in my NEW electronic typewriter at work and zip off letters while I'd be doing other stuff.

But the most poignant part?.... going through my keepsake truck to find old letters my Grandmas would mail in handwritten form and then mail for my birthday or a few yearly updates and then photocopying them for my younger siblings and presenting a stack as a Christmas gift to my siblings. They laughed, but mostly they cried because these were the words of our Grandmothers written in their own hands, the stories of their day and they passed on at a time when the memories were few already for them at that time (being so young).
P.S. I'm 48 so lived the time before, during and now after - it's been interesting.

I love the internet but I am sad for the days gone by that will never return for the most part.

posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 09:16 PM
Heavens. I remember no Television.
We did the farm chores, our school work and fought.

I bought my 1st TV when I was 18, as I was earning my own by then, and time went by to count many years of TV and soap Operas. My daughter was into Star Trek.

Communication with friends were short, long distance calls, and long handwritten letter, (*I once read a 19 page letter written by my mother to her neighbour. Put it in our mailbox, no postage, and the postman would drop it off in the neighbour-s box, a mile away. (No telephone was why!)

A tragedy in my life and a young friend, 1991, persuaded me to buy computer. I was flabbergasted at what I took to, and am still doing, as----

--as life would have it, I am alone, I was disabled twice in car crashes, my one daughter is a lesbian living in another world (over 30 years now.), so My PC is my best friend.

posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 01:42 AM
Your post reminds me of this Homer (this has been going around for quite a while now but certainly can smack a few of us in the eye!) :

Do you remember when you were a kid?

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint, which was promptly chewed and licked.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent 'spokey dokeys' on our wheels.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted
the same.

We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building go-karts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

We did not have Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, and no Internet chat rooms. We had friends, we went outside and found them.

We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no lawsuits.

We had full on fistfights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

We played knock-and-run and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.

We walked to friend's homes.

We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.

We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them. Congratulations!

For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read about us.

This my friends, is surprisingly frightening ...and it might put a smile on your face:

The majority of students in universities today were born in 1983. They are called youth.

They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.

They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena or Belinda Carlisle.

For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.

AIDS has existed since they were born.

CD's have existed since they were born.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.

They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from last year.

They can never imagine life before computers.

They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, Night Rider or the Famous Five.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and don't even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.

And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.

Kindest respects

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posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 06:35 AM
I use to sleep a little longer in the morning and plan actual events with friends on the weekends.

What I absolutely despise and if I end up going down this road, I'd rather be dead is in retirement, spending all day playing stupid Facebook games.

Or, better yet, tell a close family member "happy birthday" on Facebook without calling. I love that one (not)!

Or, recently, I have my niece and her friend over for a swim and dinner and they literally are on their phone 24/7 without talking, etc. It's like it's cool or something.

I long for the day prior to Facebook. I have to say the Internet has been a tremendous help in business for me and many other businesses, but Facebook is what I despise the most!

posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 08:34 AM
Used to have to go to the library, get a bunch of books, then skim them for the info you wanted, in order to do a school paper. That royally sucked. In college, it wasn't unusual for me to check out 10 books in order to do a paper. Maybe actually ending up using 6 of them, and supplementing with magazine articles, peer reviewed journals, etc.

posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 01:39 PM
I tell my kids that when i was growing up, in the 80's we didnt have cell phones, or internet. they look at me like i was one of the Flintstones.

I am sure they will tell their kids that when they were young they only had iphones, and pesky touch screens.

posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 06:02 PM
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That's exactly what it was pre internet/twitter/Facebook etc,LIFE! where you interacted with real people,experienced the world at first hand and not via some YouTube video, we have become a much more insular and intolerant people as a result of "living" life at a distance IMO.

posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 08:19 PM
I remember pre-internet. I also remember how thrilled I was when this country FINally got internet. Remember the sound of the modems?

When I was a kid, we were one of the last families to get a TV; we could pick up one snowy channel from Butte, Montana, and it was a great disappointment to my parents. I got to take off work with my Dad every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to watch Batman. Yes, I admit it.

I don't do Facebook or twitter. Compared to the olden days, where a person had to go to a library to actually look up stuff, this age seems overloaded with information. I wonder sometimes if sifting through the plethora of info doesn't take longer than going to a library and looking up stuff.

Conspiracy theory existed pre-internet, but much of it was rumor and gossip. ... .... ... so, not so different, we just have a wider variety of sources to pick from.

When I was a kid, most of our efforts were geared toward food production and storage. There were stores, but they mainly stocked staples, and clothing and fabric and shoes and hardware.

Remember knee-patches that your Mom would sew onto torn knees in your Levis? yah. Kids worked, and when they weren't working or going to school, we ran wild, and risked our lives in a variety of creative ways, and all was well if we managed to get home before dark.

Policemen and Sheriffs were your friend, and every household had several guns and I would have contemplated sawing off my arm with a bow saw before I would have contemplated even touching one of my father's guns without permission. I took and passed the NRA course at age 12 in order to get my deer hunting license. All kids were driving years before we took drivers ed. We all started out driving tractors in the hay fields at 8, 9, or 10. School let out for a week every year for the potato harvest and a week for opening of deer hunt.

News was delivered by Walter Cronkite, and it was just the news, not entertainment and hyperbole.

People went to drive-in movies or a theater and they were often preceded by a newsreel.

I don't know that this information age represents an advancement in society, but I don't mind admitting that I wouldn't willingly go back to the dark ages from which I emerged. If a person can refine their search string enough, there is nothing that you can't find out or discover. I wonder if we've lost our sense of wonder.

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