The FB thread got me thinking about life before the Internet. I was 22 when we got broadband at home (and it was ssoooooo sloowww!!) and was 21 when I got my first mobile phone.
Before the internet I used to spend 2+ hours a night on the phone (which had a cord). We even had an old rotary dial phone until I was about 14. I actually remember twirling the curly cord around my finger when I was talking.
My friends and I used to write letters to each other every night, the longest written was 34 pages back and front!
Another friend and I used to record ourselves having a one sided conversation, hand the tape to the other person at school, then listen and respond that night (that's a bit weird actually).
Instead of googling stuff, I asked my parents or had a squiz in the ever reliable Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia. Or in an Atlas. Or in a dictionary. I also used the library a lot and even the microfiche at uni.
I bought tapes, taped songs off the radio and listened to my dad's vinyl records when I wanted to listen to tunes. I carried my Walkman with me everywhere. I watched movies and tv shows as they were shown on tv or borrowed videos from the video shop. None of this new age fandangle downloading business!
I'm only 34. I don't consider myself even close to being old. Until I realise that so many young adults today don't remember life without the Internet :-/
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23-11-2013 13:19 #1
Life before The Internet
23-11-2013 13:22 #2Senior Member
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Omigod, the 5 hours phone conversations, I had forgotten about those. I can barely remember what life was like without the internet.
23-11-2013 13:30 #3
I'm 35 and I remember all that stuff too!
23-11-2013 13:46 #4
Blast from the past!
In high school my best friend and I had an exercise book that we passed back and forth every day. I would take it home one night and write a message to her and pass it to her the next morning. Then the next day I would get it back from her with a message in it. We didn't talk on the phone a lot but we had big conversations in those books. Plus, I've still got them - none of this IM stuff! Oh, and we covered the books with pictures cut out of Smash Hits magazine and clear contact.
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23-11-2013 13:57 #5
I remember getting "encarta" on CD Rom when I was in high school, it was pretty much the most exciting thing I can remember as it meant I could do research assignments from home instead of schlepping ALLLL the way to the library (anyone remember card catalogues?)
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23-11-2013 14:04 #6
I chart my overseas trips by what music device I took. First trip was a walkman. Next few trips were a discman with a bunch of CD's and a million batteries. Then the IPod! Made taking music away so much easier.
Does anyone remember those school project kits you got from the Newsagent. They were a couple of $ and on one topic say Ancient Rome or something. You cut the pictures out and mostly copied the text off them. Bit different to the powerpoint presentations of today!
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23-11-2013 14:07 #7Senior Member
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Remember it all ladies. Im 31. I thought I was so cool with my sony discman and my peter andre cd.
We had cd player home hi fi thing that was literally a piece of furniture thsts how huge it was! Now to think ipod docks put out the same sound and better quality!
I remember when call waiting came out! That was huge in our house as mum was always cranky at the amount of time id spend on the phone and was paranoid she'd miss a call.
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23-11-2013 14:12 #8
I actually think its sad how much the internet / mobile phones have taken over our lives (as I type away on my phone, on the internet )
They are so addictive and time consuming. Life was simpler before.
Saying that they do have their positives. I just think it has all gone a bit crazy thats all.
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23-11-2013 14:14 #9
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