By: Rebecca Tilbor
When discussing college life with my parents, they often talk about simpler times. Times when friends didn’t hang out in person, only to sit on their phone the whole time. Times when if you got lost, you couldn’t check Google maps to help you out. Times when you couldn’t look at your ex- boyfriend’s current girlfriend’s Facebook page to see what was happening in their relationship. Times when people would sit outside on warm days on campus and actually talk. Now, I’m not here to bash social media and say that it’s ruining our lives. I am fully aware of the benefits of social media and how it has changed our world for the better—get information in seconds, connect with old friends, start a revolution, for example. I’m here to talk about what life was like before social media. What did people do when they couldn’t post their delicious food on Instagram? What did people do before they could post funny stories on Snapchat? What did people do before they could tweet their every thought on Twitter? Throughout this post, I am going to explore what life was like before social media—a life my generation does not know. For better or for worse, here are 8 things people did before social media:
- No Online Shopping
Blizzard coming up and you forgot to bring a scarf to school? Oh well, filling out a catalogue form and having it shipped to your dorm doesn’t take 5-7 business days, it takes MONTHS.
- Using physical maps
Running late to class only to realize you have no idea where the building is? It wasn’t as simple as quickly checking the map application on your phone and getting directions in a matter of seconds. You had to actually look at a map and figure it out.
- Meeting in Person for Group Projects
You couldn’t easily use Google Drive to communicate and save your work.
- Hanging out with your friends and actually talking the entire time
There would be no interruptions to check Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or whatever else we spend our time on nowadays.
- No Internet Surfing in Class
Boring professor? Sorry, you can’t drown them out by looking at your crush’s Facebook page. Try counting the ceiling tiles instead.
- Couldn’t find the answer to anything they want in seconds
Like the eyeliner your favorite celebrity is wearing? Google wasn’t there to answer your question.
- Couldn’t make plans last minute
Want to change what bar you are going to Friday night? People didn’t have cell phones handy to receive a quick text—make sure plans are set in stone prior to everyone leaving the house!
- No e-mail
Have a quick question to ask your professor? You definitely needed to attend office hours and stay after class.
Essentially, social media and the Internet have changed our lives forever. People are now accustomed to instant gratification. Whatever question pops in their mind’s they can have answered in a matter of seconds. Whatever they want to find out about another person’s life can be found out in a matter of seconds. Whether this is good or bad, there will always be people on both sides of the argument. No one can argue that social media has definitely changed our everyday lives and made our lives easier. I wonder what college life will be like for my generation’s children—I wonder what will be the next game changer.