The internet permeates every aspect of our lives. Millennials and Gen Z don’t remember when we didn’t have a world of knowledge at our feet, begging us to get lost inside.
The Best Time Waster
The internet is far more than a knowledge repository. It’s the best way to waste time. Whether mindless scrolling through endless TikTok videos or getting lost in a Wikipedia rabbit hole, the internet abounds with time sucks.
What Did You Do Before?
Millennials who spend countless hours lost in the posed a fascinating question to those who came before: How did you procrastinate without the internet?
Here’s how Boomers and Gen X killed time.
We were glued to our television sets long before we were glued to our phones. The most significant limitation of television is it’s not portable.
Before the internet, books served as the primary information repository. People who wanted to burn time while learning something new dove into the treasure trove of human knowledge and experience held by books.
Arcades and home consols arrived long before home internet networks, offering young folks a fantastic way to spend those long summer days and cold winter nights.
Early Internet Pioneers
Many Gen Xers and Young Boomers showed offense at the idea that they couldn’t waste time on the internet.
They were its earliest pioneers; some even helped build the internet we know and love.
Talking on the Phone
Millennials collectively recoil in terror at the thought of talking on the phone and can’t believe earlier generations did it for fun.
Boomers and Gen Xers had to wait for their favorite songs to come on the radio, record them, then play them repeatedly while feverishly writing out the lyrics so they could memorize them.
They also wasted time memorizing their favorite movie quotes and poems.
A boomer on the thread insisted life was so dull that they had no reason to procrastinate. They had no procrastination tools and nothing to avoid.
When we couldn’t enjoy other people’s drama from the safety of a screen, we made our own in our journal pages.
We still procrastinate with journals today, but now it’s bullet journals where we spend all our time planning and not enough time doing.
Before the internet, people actually went outside and did things. What a strange world that must have been.
Nowadays, people plan their visits. Drop-ins are nearly unheard of. However, before we had access to mobile phones, we’d just swing by our friends’ places to see what they were up to when we were in the area.
People went outside and played pick-up basketball, swam at community pools, skated, and rollerbladed.
These fun sports were great time-wasters that kept us moving.
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