10 awesome things we no longer do because of the technology

We used to do so many interesting things before technology took over. Most of us still miss those days! Let's remember some wonderful activities and feelings of the pre-Internet era together.

Do modern technologies make you happier? Do you still have any 'old-school' habits like reading newspapers or sending paper greeting cards? Do you miss the life without Internet and modern technologies?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
linda lpsolutions
I have a real issue with anyone who believes a screen can replace a real experience. And, sorry, as a former professional photographer, digital will never ever provide the same quality as film. Children today are like little vegetables - haven't a clue about the world around them - only interested in all the crap on video games and what not. It's a sad world we're living in.
Mar 8, 2018 5:43PM
Peter Evans
Technology has basically removed the need to go out in the fresh air. When I was a child we went out to play soon after sunrise and returned home just after sunset.
Mar 8, 2018 4:45PM
Bob Bracegirdle
Cassette tapes. Vinyl and 78s please!
Mar 8, 2018 5:18PM
Pat Moore
Holding a real book! I miss that smell.
Mar 8, 2018 5:52PM
Doreen Henricks
I used to set my alarm clock, now I use my phone. We used to write letters, now we send emails. We used to cook dinner, now we order in or use Blue Apron. I used to go to the bank to deposit a check, now I send a photo via a banking app. Let's see--so many more things have changed so much. Some of it good, some of it not so good.
Mar 8, 2018 4:24PM
Sharran Dunseath
I still think children should go outside to play, it teaches children to play together and fresh air and sunlight are good for us all.
Mar 8, 2018 8:52PM
Bob Bracegirdle
And I read my newspaper than you. More difficult on screen.
Mar 8, 2018 5:19PM
Elisabeth Koechli
Sadly true!!
Mar 8, 2018 6:31PM
Cathie Roth Lonnquist
Life was simpler back then. Kids today have no idea what they are missing. I think technology has taken away alot of what once was important.
Mar 8, 2018 7:19PM
Auriel Steverson
Prefer Then, much more satisfying
Mar 8, 2018 7:51PM
 Margaret White
Handwriting is something else we no longer do and we are poorer for its loss.
Jan 25, 2023 5:42PM
Shelley Durocher
Pat Moore, Um, they *do* still exist you know....
Jan 10, 2023 4:24PM
Shelley Durocher
Ridiculous. Yes, technology makes things easier, and yes we do some things differently. But I still meet friends for coffee, I still give and receive greeting cards, I still go to theatres, the playground is still full of children, I still subscribe to a paper newspaper. And I never did like people dropping by unannounced. Why do people always act like it's one extreme or the other?
Jan 10, 2023 4:22PM
Caroline Weis
Barb Beck, me too Barb. I'm a farm kid also but there weren't that many kids I could play with in my area, unless it was with my brother, who disliked my type of play, or a third cousin that lived up the road from us, also a boy. My brother was into baseball and basketball, but it was rather hard to play baseball, with just three kids. Also we weren't allowed to disappear for the entire day, we had chores to do around our farm.
Dec 26, 2022 9:30AM
Tina Marie Haddad Rhodes
Doreen Henricks, Mostly bad…
Dec 10, 2022 8:28PM
Judy 'Cross' Long
Some technology is good but I don't believe small children should be glued to a screen. Nothing can really replace the experience or the social and emotional growth of human contact and we seem to lose so much of the personal aspect of life when we stay glued to technology all day. I love to travel and have been to all 50 states and other countires but I when I travel I like to see the big picture, not just the small map on my phone, I like to see a map and see where I am traveling as opposed to turn here, and here and here. I still like using a real camera, receiving and sending real cards and real books. I do love technology and use it a lot but I don't like that technology seems to be robbing us of human contact and interaction. Children are not learning how to interact with people in person. Some is good, too much is not.
Aug 26, 2022 8:19PM
I think the old days were healthier.
Aug 23, 2022 6:27PM
Barb Beck
I grew up out in farm country(Utah). I would get on my bike right after breakfast and be gone the entire day. As long as I was home by dinner, my parents never worried. We played games outside, Fox & Geese Hide and Seek, Kick the Can with the neighbor kids. Yes, I still send old fashioned greeting cards . I like technology and use my I phone a lot ( more for texting than anything. I am certainly glad I grew up in decade that I did.
Aug 21, 2022 6:30PM
Nancy Mueller
Lakshman Kottachchi, if you’re a parent you should be mixing it up for the sake of your kids. My kids (41 & 37) are remarkably well-versed in iPhones, iPads, etc but they grew up playing from dawn to dusk OUTSIDE in the summer. I had them in sports programs and art classes on days when I needed them occupied so I could work. My grandparents attended concerts put on by the kids. Sure, I had a hard time working and caring for kids but they had a wide range of activities that got them outside and lots of reading and art and Legos and cards when weather made outside hazardous. I lived next door to my grandparents and my folks lived with us during the summers. It takes a village to give kids all the adventures they need as they grow. I was blessed to live near family and my kids were doubly blessed to have activities without and with technology. Be part of the village—have some fun!!
Jun 28, 2022 6:52PM
Nancy Mueller
Eleanor Flower, I check the obits every morning. I celebrate when I don’t find my name 😉
Jun 28, 2022 6:40PM
Nancy Mueller
From the perspective of a mom of 40 year olds, I mommed them to play outside by having one tv in the house with ME in control of what programs were seen. We made a big deal out of our regular trips to the library so it was always on the to-do list for the weekends. I am the only one who used to read the paper version of the paper but it’s so much easier now to read on my iPad. My parents lived with us so face-to-face conversations were our usual. My folks weren’t tech-fearing people—my mom taught her 90 year old mom how to use a computer to write books. But both of them were hard of hearing. Having technology has made my life as a disabled woman so much easier! I can have groceries delivered so I can still cook home made meals without worrying about ingredients that one or more of us cannot eat due to allergies. I can read book after book without having to brave the 110F or -40F weather. I can work from home on my worst days. I don’t even have to get my sick/in pain/fuzzy brained self out of bed to see my doctor. There’s a lot to love about NOW. There was a lot to love THEN. Just enjoy life !!
Jun 28, 2022 5:44PM
Franceen Finesilver
I read a paper newspaper and use cards to send thank you notes . I am not a techy!
Jun 26, 2022 5:15PM
Robert Improta
So true and some aspects are leading to a more overweight world out there!
Oct 25, 2021 5:38PM
My husband and I still use #2 #4 & #5 I guess we are old fashioned which is NOT a bad thing in life
Oct 20, 2021 5:39PM
Jenny Herringer
Well said! linda lpsolutions,
Sep 29, 2021 8:00PM

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