Yes There was Life Before the Internet

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The InternetBelieve it or not as difficult as it might be to imagine there was actually life before the Internet. Lucky for me I am old enough to have grown up in a world without it, and I am not that old either. Some of you may disagree and wouldn’t consider it lucky, but I am glad that I grew up in a time without it. From here on out as time goes by people won’t know life without it, except for the older folks. As they grow old and eventually die nobody will remember life without it. This goes for most other advances and changes in technology.

The following are a few things I can relate to:

Before the Internet there was…

Fishing (Not to be confused with Phishing)
This was when we would go to the lake, river, or ocean and toss a line in to try to catch a real fish that we could eat. Some people consider it a sport. Others do it for fun and recreation. Today we have Phishing where people attempt to trick you into giving up your login, passwords, and account info so they can steal and empty your accounts. Definitely not the same kind of fishing I knew when I grew up.

A Cell (Not a Cell Phone)
When I grew up if someone mentioned a “Cell” it was a jail/prison cell and you really didn’t want to go there. There were no “Cell” phones. We had the telephone and they were big, loud when they rang, and had a dial you had to spin. You put your fingertip in a wheel and spun it for each digit of the number you were dialing. There was no telling your phone to: Call Mom. Now cell phones are so common (but annoying to me) we don’t even refer to them as a cell or cellular that often anymore. They have just become our phone. People have become so dependent and addicted to them that they sleep with them. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want someone calling me at 3:00 in the morning just to chat. Nor do I want to receive a text message on it 24/7.

Mail (Snail Mail) – (Not Email)
Yes it took 3-7 days to sometimes get something in the mail. Yes you might consider it time-consuming if you were in a hurry to get something, but it was also something to look forward to. It served the purpose and worked well for many years. Sure it still exists today, but people don’t rely on it like they once did.

Friends were real people (Not digital or online types)
These were real people that you would go see and visit with. You went out and did things with friends. There was a real connection involved and overall someone you cared about. You actually had real conversations and built quality relationships. Now we have digital friends, followers, or whatever your little site or network refers to them as. Although you may have friends that exist in both the real world and online the relationship isn’t the same as it used to be. The quality and real meaning of a friend has changed or is changing.

Cars (without any electronics)
We had cars that were not nearly as comfortable to drive with all the extra conveniences built into them like we have now. We actually had to navigate with the help of a real map. Sometimes the heater didn’t work so well, and some cars didn’t even have air conditioning. They didn’t talk to us. We sometimes cussed and yelled at our cars when they weren’t running so well or when they broke down. When they did break they were much cheaper to fix. The cost of one repair now can cost more than I paid for most of the cars I owned.

I like technology, but the soaring costs of these things are getting out of hand. People don’t even use something that long anymore. There is some new “thing” that comes out and people think they need to have it right now. Such a waste and a much different way of life than I remember growing up. We didn’t have much, but we were happy and had fun. A lot of people have more than they really need.

Like I mentioned I am really not that old. The way the world is changing is a bit exciting, but scary at the same time.

I am not complaining or anything, just looking back and remembering things from my childhood and early days. I would give it all up to go back and do it all over again if I could.

All you can do is accept it, embrace it, and deal with it because it isn’t going away.

If you are old enough I am sure you can think of many more.

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21 Comments

  1. Ann

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    Hi there,
    You are so right!! Life was so much more simple and a lot less pressure. I do worry about what this next generation will miss. Before long, they will only ‘text’ each other and have no use for the phone or personal contact! FB helps them keep tabs on each other and Twitter lets them know what is happening every second. They are missing the mystery of life. I saw an email not long ago that had a huge list of things that the current generation has always had available to them. It was scary and, you’re right, pretty cool technology. But to have never NOT had it around – bazaar!! I guess I am old!

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    These days when a group of friends gathering at fast food restaurants or cafes, each of them would be busying with their own tablets or smartphones. They’re either playing games or updating their social media accounts with their respective gadgets rather than talking to each other which was supposed to be the purpose of the gathering.
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  3. Jean

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    Nice post. I too grew up almost two decades before the internet was in vogue and I wonder about how different things were back then, both for better or worse.

    Kids got out of the house to play every day after coming home from school which was better than everyone staying home and playing on the game console the whole time. On the other hand, communication in all its forms were woefully slow or inadequate, like you pointed out with your examples about cells and mail.

    But then again, that advance in communication has led to texting addiction in many people today who go to social events and stay buried in their phones the whole time, which is both rude and antisocial.

    -Jean

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      There are some things I like about the technology we have today, but many things I miss from my early days. It would be nice to have the best of both worlds.

    • Reply

      After I posted it I had a few more ideas and thoughts I wish I would have included. I might have to add a part 2 one day.

  4. Reply

    Very nostalgic post. I was really struck with your statement about from here on out, people will never really know what life was without the internet and it stuck on me. Like really, that was one fun life even without all the devices and gadgets that we have now. I’m not very old too but I’m also lucky to have experienced life without the internet. Well, I’m riding the waves of technology now. I guess Life is just all about adjustments and counter-measures.

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      I am kind of glad I grew up in a world without it or before it. I was just looking back on the good old days and how things have changed. Technology isn’t all bad, distracting at times, but convenient and helpful too. Makes me wonder how different things will be in another 20-30 years, or less maybe even.

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        Exactly.. And it’s another chicken-and-egg question, like which influences which: between culture (society), or technology… both go hand in hand together thus everything is just constantly changing.

  5. Reply

    Life before was very easy without the technology today.. I remember also the mail we used before, so funny how long the letter you will received, but its real. I’m proud to tell that on my kids, the life I have before.

  6. Reply

    Technology is fast changing nowadays. All because of that, our lives are totally affected. Luckily, I was able to enjoy a simply life when I stayed at my parents place far from the city. Simple yet fulfilling life that people who are used of modern technology wouldn’t appreciate.

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      I had an opportunity to live in the country for several years and it was a great experience. Some people love the city, and others don’t like it so much. Good to hear I am not the only one that can appreciate the simple life.

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    Yeah! I do appreciate the simple living in the country. Affordable fresh foods, friendly people, wonderful places, etc. I hope to be there again because I truly enjoyed my vacation together with my family.

  8. Catwoman

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    Nice retrospective post, I can remember when I was young I only had the dial-up internet connection, and I used to surf at night because of the lower traffic fees.

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      That is one thing I don’t miss is dial up internet. I can only imagine how long pages would take to load these days with it.

  9. Harriet

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    I remember a time before computers but not that well! I was 10 years old when we got our first family computer and I’m 20 now so thats 10 years of computer and mind dumbingness!

  10. Reply

    hi dial me…
    agree with you that there was life before internet but if you are making a guess according to today’s condition it seems so difficult to believe in the life before internet..
    we are living in 21st century and we have all facilities and techniques to communicate with friends,
    i am wondering how they managed to do that..when there was no internet
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  11. jeff

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    I remeber life without the internet just barely though being 32 years old now. Younger I was EXCITED I thought its the best thing in the world, cell phones too!

    Then I got older and realized I get nothing done faster. Instead of a name I’m a number who must be at everyones beck and call 24/7…at least email gives you a day before you’re considered a rude person.

    I just think people are doing more unneccessary- bet I spelled that wrong and I’m to lazy to hit my browser and google a correction. I dunno folks don’t seem smarter they just know more pointless stuff.

    When I was in Iraq a while back the best part about it was no emails, no cell phones either. So peaceful it seemed sometimes, until we would get mortored- yep got that wrong too I bet. I could google the correction but why…I always do and I never “remember” the correct way.

    My opinion is that the internet is in its young age and still isn’t being used at full potential to really benefit us and ESPECIALLY the economy. And its making us dumber. If it were to go out now, oh man it would be like the night of the living dead.

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      Sometimes I miss the good old days before the internet and all the technology. At least I am old enough to know what it was like.

  12. Reply

    Yes, there was Life before the Internet. Actually, we are adopting the blessings of technology very fast. Sometime it is curse for us, but basically it is blessings for us.

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