OMG... Way back then we had these things called books. People would "read" these things. They were able to use their imaginations and be more creative and learn new things too. We also had what was called "fresh air" It was a substance that would make you feel really good when you would breathe a lot in. Wow... I miss those days.
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Atari - woo-hoo, playing great games on TV for hours on end, best thing we had ever bought. Before the Atari we played scrabble, monopoly, family board games, mouse trap, cards games, listened to music, drew pictures, played outdoors, rode bikes . Then out came the Commodore 64 computer - all very exciting when we purchased it. When the Internet came out, it was so addictive - but life changed, its very isolating for some but can free and expand others lives. I didn't notice the gradual decrease at the time that the simple things in my life were not as popular, i was not doing many activities and that I was spending lots of time sitting and surfing. The internet is great although it keeps people indoors. I feel in the future, people will have less social skills and shall find it harder to mingle and interact with people and groups in a real tangible situation. I love the globalization of knowledge spread and accessible to trillions and people coming together and rekindling lost friends etc, its endless, the internet is like having your own personal "Holly" as in Red Dwarf. This age of technological change and advancement is bittersweet :-)
Depends how old you are now, or were prior to the Internet. People still watched a lot of TV. I think Bruce Springsteen had a music video back in the "good ol days" when MTV still played music videos, whose main chorus was "57 channels and nothing on" Now I suppose there are 5,700 "channels" (and growing) and depending on your perspective STILL "nothing on". Pornography was much much more difficult to obtain for horny teenaged boys though, and we didn't have dirty old big brother /big business or horny neighbor with technology spying on us as we "read the articles" of the various paper versions of what is now online, and from what I'VE seen online now, was not even available in some of the sleaziest magazines that we managed to steal from our friends or underneath the beds of our older brothers or even DAD's secret stash we somehow managed to find. Make no mistake, controlled or not, the Internet has indeed changed the game. I just hope for you whippersnappers, it doesn't change the game even faster, but I have a hunch it will.
It was great still is I only allow my kids 1 hr of TV or computer time or they can split it otherwise there outside doing stuff or with us doing stuff the read more and we play board games and take turn listening to different kids music while we talk or sit Down and yes eat dinner together no XBox or video games or game boys kids are thin and healthy no cavities thank God and no overweight dumb kids either