17 Things As Parents We Had To Do Before The Internet

Have you ever wondered why us as parents can’t understand why leaving your phone at home is such a big deal, or what it’s like to have a serious case of FOBO? Well, it’s hard to imagine a world without social media or google, but when we were teens,the Internet didn’t exist! Can you imagine a world without Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Google, where every #important piece of information you could ever need (from the history notes from today’s class to Miley’s latest instagram post) weren’t right at your fingertips?

Well, mum and dad lived in that world, and this is what it was like…

1. We had to meet in person when we had a group project. There was no Facebook or Google Docs to make meeting totally unnecessary, which meant we had to ask all the hard, embarrassing questions in person.

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2. We actually went to the library and consulted actual books to get the answers to a question. There was no Google to give us the meaning of life.

3. And when we went to the library, we found our books using a filing system with thousands of index cards called the Dewey Decimal system. There were no computers to look up book titles (and get a map to the book’s exact location). It worked a little something like this:

4. We had to go to an actual store to buy the hottest new albums. And buy physical CDs or cassette tapes, because there was no iTunes to download it in 10 seconds.

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5. We had to go to the store to get their photos printed in order to see them, and then we had to share them with friends in physical albums. In person. With no filter. *GASP* There were no digital cameras that let you check your selfies right after taking them. And there was no Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to share their photos instantly.

6. We had to wait until their fave singer/band had a concert in their city to see them perform. Can you even imagine a world where you can’t find Harry Styles’ latest hilarious stage slip-up on YouTube instantly?

7. We had to write super long letters to their fave celebs called “fan mail.” There was no Twitter to tweet them non-stop in hopes of getting their attention.

8. We actually had to watch their fave TV show live when it aired. Which meant the whole family had to crowd onto the couch to watch together, because there was no DVR or Netflix to watch it later, at their convenience. And if we missed it, we couldn’t go online to get the recap. We had to hope their friends could remember every single important detail.

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9. And to make it worse, we had to watch one episode at a time. There was no such thing as a Netflix binge back then.

10. Newspapers were actually used to get the news. Now that there’s YouTube and Twitter to get all the latest news instantly, newspapers are best used for arts and crafts projects.

11. We had to use actual paper maps to get from point A to point B. We didn’t have GPS’s or smart phones with Google Maps to tell them exactly where to go.

17. We had to manually turn their clocks back during daylights savings. The digital powers that be didn’t magically change all their clocks back for us.

12. We wrote our papers on huge computers the size of TVs. There were no laptops.

13. We couldn’t stalk our crush on the sly. Without Twitter, Insta, Facebook, or Google, gathering intel on our crush was a LOT harder.

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14. We had to actually call people on the phone. Skipping class required serious acting skillz. We  couldn’t send our teachers an email at the last minute with their paper attached telling them we were too sick to actually come to class. We had to call them and try to pretend to be sick.

15. No online shopping. We ordered clothes by filling out forms from catalogues and sending them in the mail with a check. It could take MONTHS for their orders to come in. MONTHS! Which means they were constantly going through their mail, like:

16. We had to politefully disagree about things. Because before Twitter and the YouTube comments section existed, people had to express their opinions in person instead of behind anonymous profiles.

17. When there was nothing to do, we had to find something semi-productive to do. In other words, when there were no friends to hang out with, or anywhere fun to go, they were forced to do things like read, write, paint, exercise, and other productive things like that. Entire weekends couldn’t be spent on the couch binge-watching their fave shows.

Can you believe this is how your parents lived as teens? What part of the Interwebz can you not imagine living without!? Share in the comments below!


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