I would say people past they're time reading or doing other activities to pass the time. Music was very popular before the radio was invented. Playing the fiddle or piano or guitar. I would have to say if I lived in those days before technology took over I would probably have become a musical virtuoso since I have a musical background now
Define technology? To be truly technology free you would need to go back past the invention of the wheel. Steam engines which have been around for over 300 years are a form of technology. Just because electronics are the thing now, doesn't mean there was technology before.
And if you are talking about todays electronics, I will tell you they got a long with less stress, and more sleep. They were generally healthier because they actually got up and did things, instead of being a slave to their smart phone. They also had better social skills because they actually talked face to face.
I think in past life people do lots of hard-work and that's the big reason they live for so many years. In this time people are technology addicted they can't live without gadgets. I also think that in old times they spent time with them family and play some games.
They had "technology". It wasn't near the level we enjoy today but there were advances in science, manufacturing, agriculture, industry, etc. all along the way that made life at that time better. Most people have more power in their smart phone than what was capable on the computers that took men to the moon. It's all about doing the most with what you have.
Even in my lifetime I've seen enormous changes. There were 40 houses in my street but only three people drove cars. A few even had telephones. We all walked in and out and everybody knew everybody. We were a community. There was no TV in Australia but we did have wireless (hadn't begun calling it radio, yet). It was far more varied with much more entertainment than today's radio, which has had to drop most of the drama and comedy in favour of music and talk-back. As families we were likely to play board games or cards of an evening. We even talked to each other and *golly* we even read books. We had a working blacksmith in my suburb (only 6 miles from the Sydney CBD) and there were still horse troughs filled with water, though not very many horses. There were no supermarkets. We had grocery stores where goods were kept in large sacks and had to be weighed by hand and sold in little brown paper bags.
Of course, I'm talking about the 1940s so we still had lots of mod cons. In the previous century there were less. If you want to know how people lived in that time read Mark Twain. They used their brains and imagination instead of having everything handed to them on a plate.
I often wonder about that, myself. People made amazing things, out of necessity. I once saw a museum exhibit of ancient door locks, of all things. The earliest were very clever concoctions of rope and wood, and later they added iron pins and clever latches. Quite complicated, for such simple materials. One had a series of differently sized rope knots that had to be threaded (unseen) through different sized holes in a metal "lock" before the rope would open the latch. If you forgot the sequence of knot sizes, no entry! I love to watch TV shows about how people lived in past eras, or about people in remote areas of the current day. -- Like seeing a Mongolian yak herder riding his horse, and entering his ancient-style yurt (hide and fabric-covered, carpet-over-dirt floored, round structure) and getting on his generator-powered computer (!!!) to check current market prices for a new goat way off in the city. I love it. People had just as much cleverness and ingenuity thousands of years ago as we do today. It's just that we're lucky enough to be working with the vast accumulated knowledge and hard work of generations of clever people, who had to find "a better way" to do something, as we still do today. Wish I could see what will have changed a couple of hundred years from now. Might be someone will have figured out how to heal people internally without chemicals or cutting them open -- like they do on Star Trek? If it can be imagined ....
They had lower expectations as to how much could be accomplished in one day. There was more concern for doing it right than doing it fast. Labor was cheap, so time was not the issue that it is now.
My son is an engineer and explained bridge building back in the day compared to bridge building now. Back then they did not have the technology to basically build a bridge as a CAD model and plan out all the stresses and load requirements, so they made an educated guess, and then multiplied that by about 10. Consequently, bridges built then seem to fail less than they do now because they didn't worry so much about how much material or labor was involved (the price of materials was tied to low wages), and just took the time needed to over-produce the bridge with many tons more material and fittings than was actually needed. Now, bridges have to be designed for economy, so they are built to exacting specifications which meet, but do not exceed, the current and foreseeable loads. We have seen some spectacular bridge failures in the last couple of years because the current load requirements exceeded what was foreseen.
Just look at the ancient indians. The had all the knowledge with them encrypted in the form of Vedas, Upanishads and mythology. The, even at the lack of technology, used their intuition to survive.The knowledge we think that is discovered today was known to indians some 2000 years ago.
Something people seem not to have picked up on is that people DIDN'T survive, at least not as well as they do today. Technology has allowed us to save a great many lives from infection, disease and injury. Far fewer women and babies die in childbirth in societies with advanced technology. Technology can maintain good health and is constantly increasing the average human lifespan as it progresses. Technology allows us to study health and monitor behaviour accordingly - drug use for example. Many previously incurable or untreatable diseases are now curable or treatable.
People did not live as long, and had much bleaker chances of surviving diseases or injuries in the absence of technology. The human race still survived, because we reproduced more (no technology means limited contraception, also more children were conceived to make up for death rates). We have also proved to be a resourceful and tenacious species over the millenia.
In the past there is no need of technology as the nature was so delight and nature helped the people a lot.And the people also were so good to each other and there were no money available as like now.Daily wages will be enough for their food alone.If you people interested in vedic astrology visit http://www.astronumber.com/
How can we survive without blasters, or flying saucers? They lived less long as we did, 100 years ago the lifespan was 47 years, because of dirty food habits, bad medicinal uses, and wars. There were many fewer of 'them', too.
I think technology is not all thing....in past they depend on their minds..The human mind was used in an average of 50%, but now it reach to .1% .. people in the past are the cause of the advancement of technology now