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Old 05-05-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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At least people interacted more back then.
The Internet and social media has been a virtual boon to misanthropes. (Yes, the pun was intended. )
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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No need to imagine, I can remember.
I remember this too. Some people had beepers, which required finding a pay phone to call the person beeping . Nowadays it may be easier to find Jimmy Hoffa and the crashed Roswell flying saucer then a working payphone.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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I remember this too. Some people had beepers, which required finding a pay phone to call the person beeping . Nowadays it may be easier to find Jimmy Hoffa and the crashed Roswell flying saucer then a working payphone.
That is a recent phenomena due to the prevailing use of cellular phones. There were still lots of payphones around during most the 1990s. Pocket pagers, while in use since the 1950s by doctors and other emergency personnel, really did not become popular until the 1980s. By the 1970s most of the major universities already provided access to the Internet, although there was no such thing as "social media" then.

In many respects, things have not changed that much since the 1970s. If you called someone and did not get an answer, you could either leave a message or call back later. Although today you also have other choices such as e-mail or texting.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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That is a recent phenomena due to the prevailing use of cellular phones. There were still lots of payphones around during most the 1990s. Pocket pagers, while in use since the 1950s by doctors and other emergency personnel, really did not become popular until the 1980s. By the 1970s most of the major universities already provided access to the Internet, although there was no such thing as "social media" then.

In many respects, things have not changed that much since the 1970s. If you called someone and did not get an answer, you could either leave a message or call back later. Although today you also have other choices such as e-mail or texting.
Most I saw here in NY you needed a hazmat suit to use it safely. Still do.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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It looks like lots of people here don't have to imagine life without cell phones, the Internet or Facebook because they have lived without them me being one of them. I still don't live with Facebook and it is only recently I obtained a cell phone which I use so seldom it has 4,000 minutes on it and doesn't take pictures.

A thing of the past not to use electronic devices? Not for everyone, not yet anyway. Most of my friends either don't have them or if they do, don't use them all that often. Few people I know are on Facebook and those who have cell phones use them only when needed. But then I suppose that may be a generational thing because my friends and I are of a generation that did not grow up with these things. We actually talk on the phone, meet in person and some of us even (gasp) write letters to long distance friends, in cursive handwriting!

I tend to use technology as needed; it doesn't use me. I like the Internet because it's useful to me. My Kindle is helpful because I can make the fonts large enough to read. I do not need a telephone that is smarter than me and I don't need to know what people are doing 24/7 on Facebook. I really feel sorry for the OP since he seems to be tied to a way of life for which he feels there is no viable alternative. I suspect there are others who are growing up with all these things around them who are not embracing them to the point in which they are such slaves to these things. At least I hope that is true.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Well my job requires the internet (as does City Data ), so I'd be pretty screwed...

There is such a thing as not having every single Facebook notification make a alert sound on your phone (turn off notifications), and simply not answering calls from numbers you don't recognize or don't need to talk with "right now," they can leave a message...like you did with telemarketers in the "good old days!" Not to mention putting your phone in airplane mode when you go out for a run...you still have it for the music and in case of an emergency. Plenty of ways to still have the internet and smart phones and not feel like you're a slave to your phone.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:30 AM
 
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That is a recent phenomena due to the prevailing use of cellular phones. There were still lots of payphones around during most the 1990s. Pocket pagers, while in use since the 1950s by doctors and other emergency personnel, really did not become popular until the 1980s. By the 1970s most of the major universities already provided access to the Internet, although there was no such thing as "social media" then.

In many respects, things have not changed that much since the 1970s. If you called someone and did not get an answer, you could either leave a message or call back later. Although today you also have other choices such as e-mail or texting.
Other choices such as punch 21 buttons and never get a reply after all your energies?
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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It looks like lots of people here don't have to imagine life without cell phones, the Internet or Facebook because they have lived without them me being one of them. I still don't live with Facebook and it is only recently I obtained a cell phone which I use so seldom it has 4,000 minutes on it and doesn't take pictures.

A thing of the past not to use electronic devices? Not for everyone, not yet anyway. Most of my friends either don't have them or if they do, don't use them all that often. Few people I know are on Facebook and those who have cell phones use them only when needed. But then I suppose that may be a generational thing because my friends and I are of a generation that did not grow up with these things. We actually talk on the phone, meet in person and some of us even (gasp) write letters to long distance friends, in cursive handwriting!

I tend to use technology as needed; it doesn't use me. I like the Internet because it's useful to me. My Kindle is helpful because I can make the fonts large enough to read. I do not need a telephone that is smarter than me and I don't need to know what people are doing 24/7 on Facebook. I really feel sorry for the OP since he seems to be tied to a way of life for which he feels there is no viable alternative. I suspect there are others who are growing up with all these things around them who are not embracing them to the point in which they are such slaves to these things. At least I hope that is true.
Like write thank you notes when receiving gifts or being treated to something special. Gracious! Even the words "thank you" have gone by the wayside.

Great post and every word so true, Minervah. Thanks for restoring our faith that some people still live in the real world.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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Imagine what it would be like without the internet, or cell phones. I know that both are very useful but imagine how peaceful life would be. A normal day would be wake up, go to work, come home and check messages on your answering machine, maybe make a call or two, eat dinner, do something constructive, watch a show or two and go to bed. There would be no random calls, or texts throughout the day. Imagine no Facebook! You wouldn't know what a random person was doing at any given time anymore. You would only know what the people that you care about were doing. I would be nice, but its definitely a thing of the past!
I don't have to imagine this as none of these things were around during my childhood. Not having internet, cellphones or Facebook did not make life more peaceful just different from life now.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I am not on it much when I am home but I would die if I couldn't get on the internet during the day at work. I wouldn't be able to stay awake!!
I love that I have a job where I am finally awaaaaaay from a computer all day, am not allowed to use or even have a smartphone on the floor...I prefer a job that consists almost entirely of interacting with people face-to-face, and where I don't have to deal with answering a bunch of work e-mails, etc. My entire career is based around face-to-face interaction with real people.

I'd be screwed if I couldn't stay awake at work without internet access...there would be a lot of students not getting taught while I snoozed.
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