WV Posted in West Virginia November 17, 2015 by Katherine 12 Things People In West Virginia Did Before The Internet Took Over Our Lives The internet is great in a lot of ways, but it has changed our lifestyles greatly over the years. Here are some things we used to do (or at least do a lot more) before the internet was around. 1. We went shopping. J. Stephen Conn/Flickr There was no Amazon.com or any other online store. 2. We left the house when we wanted to watch movies. Grant Lindsay/Flickr Nexflix wasn't even thought of yet. 3. We merely ate our food, we didn't photograph it. Christopher/Flickr This is one I wouldn't mind going back to. 4. We read books. Theryn Fleming/Flickr Like, actual words in ink on paper. 5. ..and newspapers in print. Katherine Actually, I still prefer printed newspapers... 6. When we trash talked another team, we did it in person. John Duffy/Flickr Not on Facebook or Twitter. 7. We went bowling. Paula Cristina/Flickr And it was a great Friday night. 8. We used maps when we didn't know where we were going. Katherine There was no GPS to tell us how to get places. 9. We rode our bikes until dark. Thierry Draus/Flickr And it was a pretty good day. 10. We met our significant others in person, not online. torbakhopper/Flickr Before Match.com, Plentyoffish and Tinder, there was meeting people at bars, or church, or wherever. 11. We went swimming. MeganLynnette Summer used to be a time when almost everyone went outside. This was a good way to cool off from the heat. 12. We used these instead of cellphones. Paul Downey/Flickr And when we left the house, no one could reach us until we got home. (That has its good points and bad ones.) What was your favorite part of pre-internet life in West Virginia?