If you were born in the 1990s or later, you probably don’t even remember the world before the internet. Yes, there was a world. People debate whether it was better or worse, but it definitely was different. For example, we engaged in many different activities than we do nowadays. Here are 10 things people in Wisconsin did before the internet became available.
1. We went to the library.
If we had any question, we had to go to the library and either search the stacks or ask a librarian. Nowadays, a five second search on Google will answer most of our questions.
2. We got outside more.
Of course, there are people today who get outside a lot. But there definitely has been a decrease in the amount of time spent outdoors. Or, if we are outdoors, we are attached to our smartphones.
3. We labored more.
Literally and figuratively, things took more work to get done before the internet. With the internet, we have become more of an on-demand culture where we think "Why should I have to bother with this?"
4. We interacted more.
Having 2,000 friends on Facebook doesn't mean nearly as much as having 10 good friends in real life. People don't have as many dinner parties and they don't know their neighbors as well as they used to.
5. We consulted the phone book.
Back in the day, if you had to find a business, you searched this strange thing called a phone book. You could see all of the businesses providing a particular service in your area. Now, we use sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor.
6. We drove in our cars to go rent movies.
Sure, there are a few Family Videos floating around, but the video store is all but obsolete. Nowadays, you just find whatever you want on Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube.
7. We disagreed civilly and in person.
Maybe the worst part of the internet is that people hide behind it to make nasty comments that they never would make to the person's face. The hatred and bullying that has come from the internet, mostly social media, is the dark side of the internet.
8. We shopped in stores.
Stores on Black Friday are not even as crowded anymore, with people avoiding crowds and shopping on the internet. One of these days, stores will be much smaller, with half devoted to online pick-up service.
9. We engaged in more crafts.
Before we spent our days on the internet, we spent more time perfecting crafts like cheesemaking, for example.
10. We read the newspaper.
Newspapers struggle to stay alive, now that all of the news is on the internet. Getting all of your news online in an instant has sort of made waiting for a newspaper obsolete.
We love you, internet, for you bring us good things. But every once in a while, it’s nice to get away from the screen and stop and smell the roses!