I'm 32 and I can totally relate to your OP!
We had one telephone (not cordless) and it was literally in the centre of the house in the kitchen. I remember sitting/lying on the floor and twirling the cord around my fingers while gossiping with friends for ages. No privacy whatsoever!
I'm really quite old, but interestingly I can't really remember life without the 'internet'. My parents had computers and the internet from at least the time I went to school.
Obviously I wasn't using it back then - for a start it wasn't as easy as just clicking a button! - but I did have full and free access to a computer from a pretty young age.
In contrast, it took DH and I ages to get internet access at home. Ages. I think it was because 'back then' we had only really used te internet for Uni research so once we finished Uni we didn't really see the need. We both had access at work for whatever we needed and didn't really need it after hours.
In fact. I remember when we did it - it was after the 2007 election and I was unemployed (and as it turns out, pregnant).
So old. So very old.
I had this conversation with a teacher friend last night - she said her geography students have to include flight costs in an around the world trip and said oh we never had to do that. But then we remembered that most of us didn't even have the Internet at home until we were in year 12 and it certainly wasn't as user friendly as now. My first phone, when I was 17 (in 2001) had a single line of text that you had to scroll along to read the text which is hard to imagine while bubhubing on my iPhone.
I used to set up the tape recorder in front of my TV and record all my favourite Disney songs straight off the video. Sometimes I had to do it over and over again because someone would make a noise and ruin my recording.
And I carried my Discman everywhere. I was so glad when winter came and I could fit the huge contraption into my blazer pocket and listen to the same single 27 times on the way home. Oh, those were the times!
And Encarta! Loved that thing! I also played a heck of a lot of Solitaire and Free Cell.
I remember having AOL dial-up in high school and getting told off all the time because nobody could ever get through because I was logged on and hogging up the phone line.
Now I'm really old (42) and I actually had to go to the library to borrow books and encyclopedias to do my homework and assignments! I used to tape songs from the radio or buy cassettes!
I started working in 1989 and learnt to type on a typewriter, for my first job as a receptionist we had to call beeper numbers to reach the salespeople or some had 2 way radios! All the council records were on microfiche, all rents were taken in cash with hand written receipts, and all accounts were done by hand, wages were paid in cash every week, I got my first car phone in 1990 and I think a few years later a brick as a mobile! We used to take property photos with little kodak cameras and go and get the film developed!
Today I think the office would close if we lost the internet and computers!
I'm only 28 and I remember all of these things. Mum and dad got their first mobile phone when I was about 13 as mum was doing night time on call work. It wasn't her phone though, it was the family phone. I got my first mobile when I was 17. Mainly because I had just got my drivers license. The epitome of cool though was if your phone had "snake" on it. No snake, not cool. I also used to record songs off the radio onto cassette, mainly Hansons Mmmbop off Rick Dees & the weekly top 40 or Ugly Phil & Jackie O. They were the shiz long before Kyle came along. I've only recently learnt how to download tv shows/movies from the internet thanks to DH. Pocket money used to be spent on Smash Hits or TV Hits magazine, depending on who had the best posters (Hanson of course). I think things were simpler. People didn't know all your business like they do now with Facebook. I also didn't have to see constant photos of my cousin in tarty outfits posing in provocative positions because she thinks she's top sh!t. I enjoy writing letters, and receiving them too. I used to have a pen pal in Perth (can't remember how we started writing) and would keep in contact with girls from primary school via snail mail. It was a lot harder to sit and write a proper letter to someone than it is now to send a quick text or fb message. I miss those times sometimes.
I worked at Big W through high school and uni and remember people dropping off rolls of film to be developed. When we got an in store photo lab it was SUCH a big deal! And no one ever even saw the pics unless you lugged out the old photo album. And if it was a bad pic, tough!
I'm jealous of the PPs who had Encarta. I wanted Encarta.
I seriously have no idea how high school students even pass these days with the internet around. Such a distraction. I would have failed for sure!!!
Awwww what a nice thread. I remember those long phone calls on the curly wired phone, or the butterfly's not knowing who was calling
I had a Walkman, Commodore 64 and Atari. Showing my age now eeeek
Oh the loading of tapes on the Commodore 64 haha
I loved Ugly Phil as well. What did annoy me though was when they spoke for too long over the start of a song when I wanted to tape it, or when they played the short version (like they always used to do with November Rain by GnR. It was the first single I bought because I never got a taped version I liked)
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