Childhood Before the Internet: A Nostalgic Look Back at the 80s and 90s

In today’s hyper-connected world, it can be hard to imagine what life was like before the internet. But for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s, we remember a simpler time when technology didn’t rule our lives.

In the 80s and 90s, kids played outside until the streetlights came on, biking around the neighborhood, building forts, and playing pick-up games of basketball or soccer. We socialized with our friends in person, spent hours talking on the phone, and wrote notes to each other in class.

Entertainment was different, too. Instead of streaming services, we had VHS tapes and cable TV. We listened to music on cassette tapes and CDs, and we played board games and card games instead of video games.

When we needed to do research for school, we went to the library and looked up information in books, encyclopedias, and periodicals. We relied on maps for directions and used payphones to make calls when we were out and about.

In many ways, life in the 80s and 90s was more laid-back and carefree than it is today. We didn’t have the constant distraction of social media or the pressure to always be connected and available. Instead, we spent more time enjoying the present moment and savoring the simple pleasures of childhood.

Looking back, it’s easy to feel nostalgic for this bygone era. While technology has undoubtedly brought many benefits and conveniences to our lives, there’s something to be said for the slower pace and simplicity of life before the internet.

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