10 Things I Miss Before There was the Internet and Social Media

Friday, 22 May 2015

Ahh Social Media. The thing that has become the 'thing' of the 21st Century! In an age like today there are so many reasons to love social media as there's so many things that it can do. Like promote blog posts, keep up to date with current affairs AND even make a living! But now that this phenomenon of tech has taken over, us 20th century born folk seem to have forgotten about all the beauty of simpleness of communication we had before social media and the internet took control - I mean it's ok if your a 21st century baby, you don't know any better! But come on 80's and 90's babies, lest we not forget the struggle of pressing the number 1 three times on a mobile phone keypad just to type the letter 'C'! So join me as I take a trip down memory lane and tell you guys about the 10 things I really miss (and I'm sure some of you will miss too) before the Internet and Social Media came along.

1. Books -  And I'm not talking about that kindle, e-book nonsense! No- I'm talking about a good old fashioned paper stacked, ink filled book of wordy and rustic smelling good-ness! I HATE e-books (excuse the caps) but I really hate how people are forgetting the joys of being able to hold a good book in your hands and actually feel the paper between your fingers as you flip the page! And oh don't get me started on that new book smell! Ahhh - bliss! I will continue to read my paper books as long as I possibly can, because the joy of doing so is too much to let go.

2. Writing letters - Now I'm not someone who particularly used to write and send people letters. But don't you think there is something deeply satisfying about pouring your heart out in words to someone, sending it off and a building anticipation as you wait for them to reply. With a text everything is instant, everything is fast. But in letters you can really take your time to write out your feelings, wants or desires and it is much more heartfelt! Don't you think? A text nowadays is just 'Love ya init n I'll see ya soon! X' It doesn't have quite the same feel as 'I love you so much my darling sweetheart and I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing you this Summer! Lots of Love and kisses.' What do you guys think?

3. Maps - I love Maps! I think they are such a good way to build your logical and problem solving skills as you figure out where to go! Now that GPS's have taken control, we are told where to go, we are told where to turn and we are even told when to stop... Where's the fun in that? The device is doing all the problem solving for you. I don't know about you guys but I love to problem solve and feel incredibly lazy whenever I have to turn on a Sat Nav! Also did you know that reading maps helps our hippocampus to grow? Which is the area in the brain involved in spatial navigation. So in actual fact learning to read and use maps will increase our knowledge of navigating around but using a Sat Nav won't!

4. News - Everything nowadays is on social media. It's instant, I'm pretty sure I knew about the birth of Beyoncé's baby before she even did! Now instant news is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is reducing our use of accessing news in alternative ways such as newspapers and the TV. We live in an age where print is dying out and that makes me so sad, because I adore words and writing. I miss the days when a Newspaper story would excite me, when I would be ready and waiting when the weekly paper was delivered! This is not necessarily a bad thing but it just makes me sad that things are so rapidly changing - especially things like print.

5. Playing outside - Do you guys actually know any modern day kids that actually play - and I mean REALLY play, because I certainly don't! I swear kids nowadays don't even know how to play Monopoly - and that is a sad, sad fact, because Monopoly is AWESOME! Honestly all I ever see my niece and nephew play with is iPad's, iPhones and i-related toys! Kids of today don't even play outside anymore and I'm pretty sure my niece does not know what stuck in the mud is or how to play a game of Jacks! (Man this post is like taking a trip down memory lane - ahh the tears!)

6. Using books for research - Gone are the days, when we would actually take out books from the library to complete our essays and ACTUALLY use our brains. Now the computer and Wikipedia does it all for us!

7. Being able to leave the house without having to take a picture - As a fashion blogger, part of the fun is sharing your outfits and fashion style with the world. So now it has just become a way of life for me to snap a picture of my outfit and post it to Instagram #OOTD! But it can all get a little tiring and slightly stressful. I'm not going to lie, I have genuinely been late to VERY important events just to snap an Instagram post! It sometimes can become a bit consuming! (Keep scrolling to avoid ridiculous looking "ootd" picture of me!)

8. Being able to do something without having to tell the whole word - Just like the above, I literally want to tweet, take a photo or make a status about everything I'm doing! Gone are the days when eating dinner at Pizza hut was literally just that and not another excuse for a #selfie or status update!

9.  Being able to lie about why you never got the call - I do miss the times when I didn't have a mobile phone, because I could use the age-old excuse of I missed your call because my mom was using the telephone. Nowadays everyone can see when you've read a text, what time you've read it AND even when you're typing your response - It's annoying! Don't act like you've never just avoided Whatsapp for the entire day, just so that person you've been trying to avoid doesn't see that you've read their message. Social media gives no privacy whatsoever, and I miss that!

10. Not caring about likes and followings - Oh likes and followings. A things that is coveted by many young and old! Why do we care so much about these - it's not like they determine whether we live or die! I know that it has become a thing of importance for bloggers now as brands look at your following when deciding whether or not to work with you. But it is important to not get too caught up in it and remember it is not the be all and end all. Because before likes and followings, what did we have? Well good ol' fashioned content of course!

But of course without social media and the internet there would be no Blogging, no social media, no internet. NO NOTHING! So even though I miss all the above and am a bit of an old lady about tech, I have had to suck it up and embrace it for all it's beauty, because it really is amazing!

Do you guys miss any of the things from the list? Do you think I'm a bit of an old lady? (It's fine I know I am! ;-p) Do you have anything else you miss from before the time of social media and the internet?

As always thank you for reading lovelies. Until next time I'm...

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  1. Yes to all of these! You are so right, print really is dying out and that is extremely sad!! What happens if the world actually ends and there's no longer anything written down to tell about it!?
    Great post!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    1. Thank you! And Omg yes, you are so right! Imagine if that did happen! Written things have always been valuable and always will be! :)


  2. Haha! These are brilliant!! I especially agree with no.1 - BOOKS! I am trying to make a conscious effort to read more this year, but I have to admit it is easy to get distracted by my phone…!!


    1. Haha! I know I LOVE reading, I also need to find more time to read this year, defo will be making the effort! Twitter is a distraction! :p



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