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Remembering life before a smartphone and social media

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes using social media and your smartphone around others cannot be helped. However, there’s nothing more annoying than someone who sits on their phone all night/day when you’re in their company. They literally don’t look up. You could call them every name under the sun and they wouldn’t know! No idea! We’ve all been guilty of it at some point!

Over the last 10 years, social media and technology use has increased drastically! But can you remember a time when we didn’t have a smartphone, Facebook, Instagram and WIFI?!

What did we do before smartphones?

We went outside more

I remember kicking it outside with my friends having picnics, going on walks and getting active. Now, there’s every series of Charmed on Netflix and I’m not moving for anybody.

We read more

Not on a kindle or on an app but an actual book with pages that had that smell! One of my goals for the next 6 months is to read more real books. I’ve started with 10 in 6 months (don’t judge me – I’m a slow reader!)

We build meaningful relationships offline

I’m not saying online friendships aren’t meaningful but with the digital age, we’ve lost real connections with real life people.

We gained more life experience

Instead of reading about other people’s adventures, we were having our own. These days when we have a problem we google what to do! I’m 100% guilty of this and I aspire one day to be like my mum or nanna who just automatically know what to do when there is a problem instead of checking it on a phone.

We had more hobbies

There’s so many things we’re interested in but we never seem to have time for them because we’re too busy checking someone else’s life on social media. I used to paint every weekend, read books, write letters and make things. However, now my hobbies consist of pinning stuff I’ll never do on Pinterest while binge watching Greys Anatomy on Amazon Prime.

We were less paranoid

If you’ve ever been in a dodgy relationship or had an argument with a friend, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Back in the days before social media, wayyyy before MySpace, if someone didn’t contact you on the house phone or text you on your Nokia 3310, they were probably busy with family, asleep, out with friends or even worse – ran out of credit! These days there’s a whole backstory of why there’s blue ticks on your WhatsApp message but no response, an increase of paranoia and mindless Facebook stalking. If you’re doing this right now, STOP. Seriously, cut that shit out! It’s unhealthy and you won’t get the answers you’re searching for.

I’m not saying technology is a bad thing. It would be highly hypocritical of me to suggest that but what I’m getting at is that in the age of social media, we’ve forgotten how to live our own lives and be more authentic. We are constantly chasing numbers; number of followers, number of sales, and number of likes, that we forget to have meaningful relationships and are confident in our own lives.

What did you used to enjoy doing before social media?

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