People living in what we call the “information era” have long since embraced the importance of social media in their everyday life. Many have browsed over and over on their favorite videos, consulted Wikipedia, and much more. Reader, has anyone ever thought of how life was when all the stuff we now usually do did not exist?
What was life before social media:
Before social media we used to actually speak to people of the phone.
Recall the days when we used to know best friend’s phone number by heart, now we would be lucky to remember one person’s mobile phone number. So let us remember when we would pick up the phone and talk for hours where we would have things to tell each other because we had not lived our daily lives with them on social media.
Whereas now we know our friends’ day-to-day lives through social media, where we do not even need to remember phone numbers and do not even need to talk on the phone. All thanks to text messages, social media, and voice memos.
We had to date the old-school way
Before the use of social media, we had to meet people the old fashion way. There was no sliding into someone’s DM or swiping left or right on Tinder. People had to approach someone they fancied and speak to them. Live and direct!
Let us not forgot date night! There was courtship, and dinner and dancing. People used to get excited when their old rotary phone rang in their kitchens. Individuals would wait all week to see each other again, and it would take years to get serious as it would take time to learn about one another as the only way to find out anything was to invest face to face time. We would not be able to stalk other people on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Reddit.
We actually had to go to the shops
Honestly, what did we do without Amazon? If someone wanted something, they would have to venture out to the shops. We use to have to gamble that the price of the item we found was the best. People used to have to interact with people to get the thing they needed as well, to enjoy the pleasure of browsing around and trying on stuff. But let be realistic, there is something to be said for the convivence of internet shopping of being able to search for whatever we may need to add it to our carts and then purchase. There is no need to leave our house, no need to interact, and no need even to get ready. We can be in pajamas while shopping. The only downside is now we are taking a gamble on that the item we order fits, or that it arrives on time, and that it doesn’t get lost.
People were real back then. Life was captivating and intriguing, but now we live in a completely different era where we connect at all times. Were we having access to the entire world right at the tip of our fingertips? Thanks to this, people no longer have to live in the real world. They live their life through social media.
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