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Life Before and After the Internet

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Life before the Internet is way too different, I may say. As a kid who grew up in the 90s, I remember how I had genuine laughter then prompted by genuine conversations and friendships. I may not easily remember the names of my childhood friends back then, but I can still vividly remember the memories we shared.

Who needs PSPs and computer games when you can enjoy time playing cards, marbles, or even hopscotch? Our music then came from the heart and is all about love. I can remember that it was the boyband era back then! Unlike today, the music industry is filled with songs about lust, perversion, and non-sense topics. Watching TV shows are great too! Since not all homes have their own TV sets, the whole community gathers in a neighbor’s living room (pun intended) to watch their favorite Mexican telenovelas. Real conversations ensue.

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Nightlife is fun as well. As a kid, my friends and I will play hide and seek while it is dark, and if it is Christmas season, we go around the neighborhood singing Christmas carols for a minimal donation. Life then was simple yet fun. It was never boring. Friendships are real, not confined within the social media realm.

Life before the internet is now history, but from time to time, it is exciting and exhilarating to have a glimpse back on my 90s days. It is a story worth telling to my kids in the future.

But I love the social media generation as well!

It is easier to catch up with friends and relatives who live a couple of miles from you. You can always set virtual meetups without getting outside of your home. Even those who are traveling can join the conversation. Communication has never been easier! Distance is no longer an issue.

Especially for those in a relationship. Internet is a huge blessing! They no longer have to rely on snail mails and telegrams. With just a video call away, the distance is bridged. The only thing they have to consider is the time difference. But who cares? Love is sacrifice.

When it comes to games, everything is just an install and a few clicks away. Before we have to rely on our creativity as we play with mud, plastics, straws, and papers, now we are amused with vivid graphics and astounding gameplay. We are living in a generation where everything is easily accessible, of course, if you have the means.

Food? You can opt for online deliveries. Music? No more manual rewinding of cassette tapes and requesting on radio stations. You can play any music you like on-demand, even on repeat! Movies? No more queuing at the video rental shops. All you have to do is to subscribe in your favorite streaming sites. Or go to YouTube instead!

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The Internet era has given us too much that people in the past had never imagined possible.

But there is a catch.

Too much dependency on technology may draw us away from genuine, organic relationships. When we are too preoccupied with our gadgets, we forget the people around us. We forget that our grandparents need attention. Perhaps they don’t have any social media accounts to connect us with, and even if they do, they would rather have us physically than virtually.

We forget that friendships are forged by real conversations, not by simple hi’s and hello’s through private messages. It’s not that virtual conversations are not real. But we must not just bridge the distance. We must cross that bridge.

Life before the internet teaches us something.

Life today, in a very advanced generation, blesses us with great things.

But above all these, relationships remain of primary importance.

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Ito tlga ung laro n pampalakas din ng resitensya eh

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1 month ago

Very good article. Thanks for sharing. I promise I didn't steal your idea. I wrote a similar article today and I saw yours in the life topic. It is interesting to see what was back then and what is it like today. If you are interested here is my article. https://read.cash/@Peter-Molnar/how-modern-technology-changes-our-lives-868f6dcd

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Ng buhay kasi natin noon simple lang pero puno ng saya. And daming magagawa kahit sa labas lang ang dami ng saya. Ung paglalaro ng teks, habol habulan, at madami pang larong pambata noon ay grabi namang anong saya ng hatid sa ting mga batang 90s.

Yong uuwi sa bahay ng anong dudungis, makakatikom agad ng hampas at garuti sa nanay naku ranass ko yan. Ngayon kasi ayaw na ata ng ibang nanay na mapawisan mga anak nila kaya ayun sa gadgets nababaling ang atensyon ng mga bata. Kahit naman nong wala oa yang si covida talagang ganon na ee.

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1 month ago

Totoo. Puro gadgets at social media. Di nila naranasan yung kailangan mong magpanggap na matutulog ka after lunch para makapaglaro sa labas sa hapon tapos pag-uwi, nood na ng anime hehe. Pero they have their own enjoyment naman. Kanya kanyang generation hehe

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Kaya nga, hahaha. Nakakayamot pa nga kasi pipilitin bagang matulog ee sa hindi nga inaantok ee ahahaha.

Pero sana mas turuan din nila ung mga anak nila na mag enjoy wag lang sa gadgets. Iparanas din nila ung mga larong kailangan ng stamina ba.

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1 month ago

Haha goal ko yan kapag nagkaroon ako ng sariling anak. Tuturuan kong maging mahilig magbasa ng libro para mas maging imaginative :)

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1 month ago

Pwro wag naman sanang oa sa pag hihigpit din. Maiba din sa bata un, mas lalao pa atang nagiging suwail pag sobrang hinihigpitan. Ganyan di mga kabataan ngayon ee, talang ako diko magawang sumuway sa magulang at akoy talagang takot din.

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Hindi ako batang 90's pero naranasan ko din makipaglaro niyan pero in patakas way kasj we are not allowed to go outside. We must finished all the household chores from walis sa umaga, dilig halaman, linis ng bahay,magluto, maligo at matulog hhahaha so sa tulog time kami tumatakas para makipag laro🤦‍♀️🤣😂

Last month, nag try ako hindi gumamit ng gadgets more than 24 hours, ayon andami ko nagaawa without using gadget.

I love classical musics too! Hindi katulad ngayom, wiggle wiggle saka yung kay ariana na 32 34 ba yun? Ewann hahahsbhsha napaka walng sense ng lyrics nakaka banas 🤦‍♀️🤣😂😂

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Hehe before KPop, meron kaming boybands nun. Tapos kunwari gagawa ng music video. Pero maganda rin mga KPop ngayon. I stan Lisa lol. Siya lang kilala ko hahahaha

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Uy lisaa haha Hindi naman siya korean eh pero nasa kpop industry💚 ang ganda din kasi ng excution kaya marami nagkakagusto

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Hahaha di ba siya Korean? Grabe ang generation gap haha wala akong idea 😅

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