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Posted 1/12/15
I would use my spare time...to socialize at the library. Sometimes, my friend would call us over to play either N64 or PS2 games and then just chill outside. In order to get in contact with each other, we would have to call our home phone numbers and when the parents would pick up, we'd always say, "May I speak to ..."

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Posted 1/13/15
im from '92 so it was pretty rare for most people.
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Posted 1/13/15 , edited 1/13/15
I've used the internet since I was very young. Well, probably because I'm way younger than you guys. But I didn't use it for more than 30 minutes a day till I was like 8. Those were the days. All those noughties toons on tv. Avatar, rugrats, hey arnold, Grim adventures, Jake long, Chowder, Dexters lab, danny phantom and WAY more. I used to be so much more imaginative. Actually playing with toys.
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Posted 1/13/15
tv, game magazines, video games, playing outside with friends, I don't want to go back but I don't regret it either. I remember the first time I used the internet, someone just put on 4kids.com or something and I played some digimon game.
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Posted 1/13/15
I had internet since I was about 5 I think...but I didn't have hi-speed til I was 11 so for my childhood, the internet wasn't really a thing. Sure I used the computer a lot for video games, but I kept entertained with tv, activities, playing, and having an imagination
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Posted 1/13/15
Isn't it kind of funny to have all these 20-something's talk about how much life has changed? Make you realize how fast the world and the technology we use in our daily lives keeps on evolving and changing these days... #awesomw
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Posted 1/13/15
Yup, I remember stuff from before I got the internet... It was pretty boring really. But then we got Dial-up. A bit of a pain to use, but still, it was the internet... God shit was basic.
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Posted 1/13/15
Dial up was a pain. I'm sure we all dealt with a parent yelling at us to get off the computer so they could use the phone #90smemories
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Posted 1/13/15 , edited 1/14/15
I was born a few months before Woodstock and the moon landing, so yes, I remember life before the Internet. Our entertainment options were limited, as was our phone time and we spent as much of our hours outside as possible. We had more freedoms - our parents, when they noticed us at all, didn't think twice about letting us ride our bicycles where we wanted. If you wanted to talk to another kid, you went over to their house, because the phone was usually off-limits. I certainly wouldn't say my pre-Internet life was ideal, since I was in my early 20's when AOL made large-scale access to the Internet affordable and relatively easy, but it had its charms.

You had to put some effort into finding needed information and I won't go into what it was like to write out, legibly, a twenty page paper by hand, with research notes. I remember soaking my right hand in Epsom salts during my senior year in high school because it had cramped into a pencil-holding shape. When I entered college, computers were things the majority of people had to go to a lab to use - few had them at home and I made do with an electric typewriter for the majority of my post-secondary papers. I also earned a degree in graphic design BEFORE Adobe Photoshop, which means everything I learned to do as far as production art and comp creation could now take up space in a museum, as well as the majority of the tools (waxers and X-acto knives and protractors anyone?). The Internet changed everything and at least for my generation, we were the last of the 'low tech' kids, the ones who enjoyed a slow childhood. I don't know how anyone under 25 can focus on one thing long enough to get anything done, with all of the distractions the Internet provides them.
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Posted 1/13/15
I don't really remember before the internet. I remember back before we (as in my family) had the internet. My mother worked at a phone/cable company tho so when she got that job we got it. I remember we had a dial up modem. And limited internet "hours".

Remember taking 10-15 seconds to load a single picture. Rarely did websites use thumbnails since it took longer to load. That was back right at 1999-2000 tho.
Posted 1/14/15
I was the dumb kid in class, I sucked at Englsh (it's not my first language) and I was REALLY bad at socializing -w-
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Posted 1/14/15
I don't recall having ever been online until I was twelve. Before then, I did alot of random things to entertain myself, from in-person RPing to digging up bugs. Not much has changed. lol These days, the Internet is pretty much just another medium for me wast time.
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Posted 1/14/15
I was ALWAYS an electronic junkie. The internet merely was nothing more than the evolution of entertainment in my life. And an evolution of my understanding of the inner demons of the most dark and foul people to exist. People who would make Hitler seem like a common kind of person. Oh wait...
Posted 1/14/15 , edited 1/14/15
hmmm... watched television, played gaming consoles, pokemon cards. didn't realise it at the time, but i had kind of a lonely childhood.




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Posted 1/14/15
Before we had our first computer both my brother and I just spent a majority of our time console gaming. I still remember we used to have a bunny rabbit and he would attempt to chew through our PS1 cables. Oh the frantic memories.

When we first got a computer I remember being so impressed by the CRT monitor, Pinball and Minesweeper was the shit amongst classmates and you couldn't be on the internet and the home phone at the same time. Watching Kids React makes me cringe because I find it weird to think there are children who haven't experienced that?!

I actually knew this parts shop that used a CRT monitor as a door stop. I cracked up when I saw it.
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