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Old 04-27-2006, 01:22 AM   #1
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What were you doing before internet?

Its strange. It seems like I woke up one day and the internet was here Idon't know what it would be like today if I didn't have it. What were you doing before the internet?

If your old enough to remember
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:31 AM   #2
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i was 12 i think when i first used the internet. before then i didn't have a computer of any kind, and was a generally happy kid.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:45 AM   #3
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I seem to recall being outside more often and getting to bed at decent hours.
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:00 AM   #4
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I think we first got AOL when I was in 8th grade, so 1995ish. Starting high school, schoolwork, new time commitments, getting jobs...everything changed so it's hard to say where first using the Internet at that point had an effect.
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:00 AM   #5
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it's only been 5 years. i was an adult then, too.
i read. cleaned the house. worked. watched tv. saw friends. same as now. you should reconsider it if it's altered your life that much that you've lost some or any of those things.
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:44 AM   #6
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I still do the stuff I did then, but now I've added other things. I've struck up acquaintances and friendships (even business relationships) with people I would never have known otherwise, and I've met several of them.

And radio already sucked so I wasn't finding much good music pre-internet. It's now so easy to find and order music which interests me, no matter how obscure. And I reconnected with my favourite band. I'd lost track of them, but was able to find them online. That was really wonderful. And I was able to strike up conversations with one of the band members which turned into the business relationship I noted above. I never would have sent off fan mail, so the internet certainly facilitated that.

I did go to bed earlier before I got online though, but then again I had a job then too, so I'm sure that had something to do with it as well.
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Probably would have been passing exams , as well as getting much more sleep!

I first had an Internet Connection costing $20 (yes!, $20) a month for 5 hours of Dial Up This was in '99.
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I was getting stuff done

now - can't live without it
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I would also like to add....

Buying CD's
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:06 AM   #10
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I was paying attetion to real important stuff
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:36 AM   #11
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I first got the internet when i was about 16. Without the internet I would probably watch more tv, maybe read more, and probably go to bed earlier.
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:11 AM   #12
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Hrmm... Good question.

I was a kid when I first heard about email and the internets. But then I forgotted about it until the summer I graduated high schoo when it became big news. That was 1995. Since then it has been a huge influence on my life and career, but mostly my career.
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Listen to music...read...play video games.

I still do all of those things...but it's just been enhanced by computers and the internet.
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:51 AM   #14
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I've been online for over 10 years but don't come online as much as I used to - pretty much on between 7- 5 while at work more than any other time
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I was just doing kid stuff, basically. My family first got the internet off one of those AOL disks that everyone got in the mail when I was in Grade 5 or so, so when I was about 10 or 11. Then my dad bought a dial-up internet package (something like 5 hours for 30 bucks a month!!) and the rest is history. I really never had any non-childhood memories of a time without the internet, actually.

Is it a bad thing that I still remember the very first website I ever went to? It was tsn.ca back in about 1995 at my mom's work. This is when it used to look like this (or maybe even earlier!): http://web.archive.org/web/199612270...http://tsn.ca/

I had no idea how to use the internet and got unbelievably frustrated when just typing "tsn" wouldn't take me to their website - I got my mom out of a meeting to show me how to use it!
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