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Started by Gotout on Jan 22, 2018 11:49:13 AM
Whatever did we do before computers?

How did we fill our days?

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6to24characters - 22 Jan 2018 11:49:41 (#1 of 260)

1!

Gotout - 22 Jan 2018 11:49:45 (#2 of 260)

Surely we couldn't have spent all day working?

widenation - 22 Jan 2018 11:54:03 (#3 of 260)

Abacuses.

phantlers - 22 Jan 2018 12:07:05 (#4 of 260)

Printed media.

widenation - 22 Jan 2018 12:08:05 (#5 of 260)

ie jazz mags.

WibbleAgain - 22 Jan 2018 12:11:26 (#6 of 260)

We went out a great deal more. I was young then. We couldn't chat to friends on social media so we had to actually go out and see them, or entertain them at home, which meant catering and keeping the house presentable. There was no email and we wrote a lot of letters, by hand. We didn't write blogs or post personal stuff on the internet, we wrote diaries. Shopping took up a chunk of time, especially if you had young family. I was certainly busy all the time, chasing around flat out. And we read a great deal of newspapers, journals and books.

staticgirl - 22 Jan 2018 12:12:48 (#7 of 260)

I read a lot of books and was much more lonely than I am now.

SheikYerbouti - 22 Jan 2018 12:13:21 (#8 of 260)

we were less aggravated and irritable.

Antimatter - 22 Jan 2018 12:14:05 (#9 of 260)

Lots of filing. I don't miss that.

Dayraven - 22 Jan 2018 12:15:07 (#10 of 260)

Before computers, we had telly.

Before *that*, we had Victorian parlour games, accounts of which read like the result of severe cabin fever.

Bribaba - 22 Jan 2018 12:15:57 (#11 of 260)

Long distance relationships were even more of a nightmare then. The board game revival has come about as a result of computers (in part a reaction).

WibbleAgain - 22 Jan 2018 12:17:48 (#12 of 260)

we were less aggravated and irritable.

Well yes we were protected from nasty stuff on the internet. I was certainly a great deal more innocent, though I thought I was very worldly. Nothing in life prepared me for the raw nasty realities on the internet.

FredDee - 22 Jan 2018 12:18:05 (#13 of 260)

To see a world before computers go see The Post

( or as I call it myself

The Prequel ).

In particular somebody has written a front-page article and to get it actually printed, they take the page on which it was typed, roll it into a cylinder which is then placed in another( metal ) cylinder which moves from editorial room to actual printing press.

Looking forward to part 3 of the trilogy which will be called Fuck Trump and be done with modern compuiters, smartphones etc,

thisonehasalittlehat - 22 Jan 2018 12:21:50 (#14 of 260)

I think in the past when people reached that absolute zenith of loneliness and boredom, they were forced to contemplate something that we no longer have to contemplate: going for a walk.

SheikYerbouti - 22 Jan 2018 12:23:48 (#15 of 260)

Well yes we were protected from nasty stuff on the internet.

Nasty, and crucially, futile stuff on the internet. The Facebook is a toxic stew of angry political stuff you can't do anything about, plus the modern equivalent of those humblebragging round robin letters Simon Hoggart used to enjoy. Nobody needs this stuff in their life.

FredDee - 22 Jan 2018 12:24:51 (#16 of 260)

how much of the internet, YouTube etc. consists of pictures of pet cats ?

SheikYerbouti - 22 Jan 2018 12:24:57 (#17 of 260)

To see a world before computers go see The Post ( or as I call it myself The Prequel ).

Fredders, once again your unique worldview raises both a smile and an eyebrow.

FredDee - 22 Jan 2018 12:26:21 (#18 of 260)

well it would hardly be worth my while posting the same ol' same ol'.

SheikYerbouti - 22 Jan 2018 12:26:31 (#19 of 260)

how much of the internet, YouTube etc. consists of pictures of pet cats ?

Cat pictures are a source of small pleasure in a world of vice. Its only right that they should be popular.

Rendered - 22 Jan 2018 12:27:32 (#20 of 260)

Was wanking and crying more or less prevalent before computers?

I suppose the former had to rely more in the imagination.

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