Life without computers

This is in response to the Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

In 2005, when I was 17, a family member took pity on my mother and I and bought us a computer. I remember what life was like before that internet connection to a very large world. I amused myself in many different creative ways, most of which involved me running around outside kicking a ball or finding other ways to put holes in the knees of all my pants. 

Connecting with people meant I needed to build up the courage to dial their number on the home phone. All my friends numbers were memorized, in fact, I still remember at least 5 of their home numbers. Cell numbers? No way, can’t keep track of those, plus, what’s the point? My phone remembers those for me.

When I was “hanging out” with friends, no one rudely took out a cell phone to search the web or check their facebook page. Social interactions were fully lived and didn’t involve hiding behind a screen. Not having access to celebrity’s every move, discussions involving celebrities rarely happened. Our lives were the focal point of our conversations.

Finding information about something meant searching through an encyclopedia or finding a special interest book at the library. There was no such thing as an easy answer; there was also far less diversity represented in the answers you received. It was, however, far easier to type up a bibliography back in the day.

I love the wealth of accessible knowledge that the internet provides me with. I do find at times that I will get carried away on a topic and find that I have let quite a few hours pass by without so much as changing my body’s positioning. This is not healthy. There is also a problem of information overload. At times, I get overwhelmed walking through the cereal aisle, so the billions of pages that come up in the search engine can be daunting. It’s important to be taught how to sidestep the bullshit and go for reputable and diverse sources. One thing I’ve learned to do is be very skeptical of information presented online and think about what the author’s vested interests are. Because of the healthy bit of skepticism the internet conjures up in people, I think a world without the internet would feel like a more honest place.

 

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