What did you use to do before phone/internet?

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Don Barzini Profile
Don Barzini answered

Phones have been around longer than I have, and I used the mail more before the internet.

Toni Pauze Profile
Toni Pauze answered

I remember when we got our first phone, it was a two party line.

Before that the mail was means of communication fir people out of town. Walk down the street to talk to neighbors.

Janis Haskell Profile
Janis Haskell answered

I rarely use my cell phone.  I still write letters by hand, but not as much since the advent of email.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

The first landline phone number I remember from my childhood about 65 years ago had only 5 digits.  Before I moved to Texas, they added an exchange, "Cherry" plus the five digits.

Land lines and answering machines until, for me, the internet in the early 90's.

Never was a letter writer of any kind.  My father's sister always sent me a $3.00 check for my birthday and I equated a thank-you note withe pulling a tooth.  I finally stopped cashing the check so that I wouldn't have to write the thank you note.   (ADD people like myself dread producing written output.)

I avoid Skype like the plague---I tend to wear just underwear around the house.

Email---or reluctantly, text---is preferred by me now.

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Don Barzini
Don Barzini commented
It was so long ago you still had to pull the string tight, eh Tom?
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Yes, but it was a small town and the houses were close---lol
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
My grandparents had a phone that had no "curls" in the handset line.
Ancient One Profile
Ancient One answered

US mail and visiting.

carlos Striker Profile
carlos Striker answered

Go outside play games, study and help out the community. For that matter still do.

Darren Wolfgang Profile
Darren Wolfgang answered

I didn't get my first Sprint cell phone to year 2000 and didn't get the Internet to the year 2006 . I used dial up for while than went to DSL .

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Darren Wolfgang
Darren Wolfgang commented
We have 878 area code added in like the year 1997-99 to overlay for the State of Pennsylvania . I live in 724 and 412
well when them numbers run out you will be assign 878 area code . I had receptionist at the my dentist officer ask me where i get a number with 878 well i told her it's been around for years and Pennsylvania just started using it in like 2001-2002. So it's been roughly like 17 years now.
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
Wow!!! Interesting! In California where I lived I remember when the area code had to split off to. We had 909 but got 951 in the split. 🙃
PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

Landline phone. We had a party line growing up. Private lines cost more. Eventually everyone on our partyline got private lines. We still had a party line with no one else on it. The only problem with that is you couldn't use a touch tone phone. It had to be a rotary phone. Oh how I hated phone numbers with 8s and 9s.

Most of my internet usage is to get information. Before the internet that meant a trip to the library.

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Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
Oh boy! I feel like such a fool! 😲 I thought a party line was like a 1 900 dirty line! 😂😂😂😂 Too FUNNY! I am so glad you cleared it up some for me! 😆

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