43 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 7/19/18

    1. You are fortunate. Life before the internet was a small place and it was difficult to get information. And you had to use hands to do this thing called “writing”. lol

  1. I remember no having a computer, not having an answering machine, not having call waiting, not having a cell phone.
    When you went to the library for information and called your friends 100 times until they picked up.
    The world seemed more pure then. Maybe that’s just an illusion but I know kids weren’t having surgery to fix the tendons in their thumbs (told to us by our daughter’s pediatrician which is why our daughter got no phone until she drove at 16) from texting so much

    1. I think it is easy to look back in time with rose colored glasses. I remember good times from my childhood but I also remember how difficult it was to write a term paper.

      1. I have no rose colored glasses. I hated that time in my life more than anything any one could ever imagine. I simply remember the simplicity of it and how if social media were involved in the gossip of my life back then then I’d most likely not be here. I have a few little things I look back on and think I wish were still the same. Not having cell phones would definitely be one of them.

  2. Yup. I actually worked in a bookstore when the internet came into being. Had no idea the “internet” and the “world wide web” were the same thing. LOL I am also grateful I did most of my stupid stuff before it came into being.

  3. At the age of 49, I do indeed remember the days prior to the internet.

    I recall sitting in the school library with nothing to distract me, other than the occasional fellow student or member of staff entering the room.

    While the internet has brought good things, for instance the ability to form friendships with greater facility with those located elsewhere in the world, it has also caused (or perhaps made worse) existing problems such as social isolation (people can have lotes of “online” friends while having few (if any) true friends in the real world.

    Kevin

  4. Yes, going to the library and using the card file to find books at the library. Spending hours outdoors in the winter playing. A dial phone that was wired into the wall with 7 families sharing the same phone line!

  5. Oh yes…clearly. It was pretty awesome too. I’m not going to sit here and say I would prefer it because there are so many advantages to having it, but I am glad that I didn’t have my first computer until I was 27.

  6. Yes. I held out having it in our home until my kids absolutely had to have it for their school work. I’m glad we have the technology,, but I somehow feel fortunate that I remember those days without cell phones and the internet. Maybe it is the same for every generation to remember with fondness whatever their version of “simpler times” were.

      1. I love talking to people about things like this. It connects generations in a way that can bring understanding and patience for each other.

      1. I have to admit, it is far more easier to google to answer my son’s questions than take a trip down to the local libary, the fact I can talk to you, who is in a completely different continent in minutes is amazing, but I also feel that certain things are bad

  7. Of course. I even remember writing letters on paper and mailing them, party lines, and rotary dial phones that hung on the wall. No caller id. No voicemail.

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