Back in the days without technology...

@Lore2009 (7389)
United States
November 7, 2010 6:26pm CST
Back in the days when there was no cellphone, internet, facebook, or even regular land lines... how did people keep up with friends? Imagine a world with no way of contact what so ever, and you meet a great person at a store or something and you have an amazing conversation... but you'll never meet again or not as often as you can today. Do you think those first encounters would have been much more meaningful than the days with all these gadgets? Did they even need friends then?
11 responses
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
8 Nov 10
people relied on neighbours more than they do now and they used go to the store to get the latest news
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• United States
9 Nov 10
Growing up for me was using my imagination and creating games. Then I would take my bike and ride up and down the street or go over to a friend's house. Now with today's technology, my kids dont want to use their imagination. They depend on all the gadgets they have access to keep them entertained.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
11 Nov 10
Yes, I agree, people get creative when we don't have so much access to things.
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
I still believe that communication of people back in the old good times were more sincere and honest rather than the communications of today that people can just lie and show the opposite of who they really are. Before even a small town knows each other very well and the communication of neighbors are really real to each other and very sincere and warm. Today, we cannot even know the real intentions of people when you meet them online. I can attest to this when even we do have telephones today, neighbors don't just call you to ask how are you doing and such. Some strangers can send a scam message without you tracing them and to trust a person can be so difficult these days rather than people whom you meet and talk face to face long time ago.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I agree, I think it had to be honest because you can actually see and hear the person with your own bare eyes and ears. No electrical effort to maintain the relationship.
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
Communication back on the old days is hard to do but is more personal. Communication today is more convenient but less personal. If you have to say something to a friend, you go to their house. I believe that is much better than communication using technology because it makes the members of the community more closer.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I agree so too.
• India
8 Nov 10
I remember the time when there were cellphone, internet, face-book, or even regular land lines. We used to have a limited circle of friends, mostly picked up from work place or our school friends. Post card or inland letters were the only means of communication. We used to wait to hear from our near and dear ones. Sight of a postman made us immensely happy. There were telephones but making a trunk call used to take unusually long. Some time we had to wait for the call to get through for the whole day or even until next day. We used to even ask our friends to oblige us by carrying letters to deliver to our relatives and friends.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
9 Nov 10
It sounds somewhat meaninful compared to now.. it sounds like there was much more dedication and effort and each attempt would be left in your memory.
@kreznan (16)
• Bulgaria
8 Nov 10
In that days you could't see someone in store and never met him again. The towns were smaller and people knew each other. Today you could even don't know who is your neighbour but to have friend from the other side of the world.
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
I was into writing letters, penpals from all over the world. I often received 3-5 letters at the most in just a day. I lost touch with all my friends except for one, and thanks to new technology, I was able to connect with her. I found her again in Facebook!
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
8 Nov 10
well, i can't really imagine myself living in the days without technology... i can imagine how hard it is for those people back then to be living in those times... but as you say, it makes friendship or any kind of relationship more meaningful because you really have to put lots of efforts to maintain it... take care and have a nice day...
• United States
8 Nov 10
It does appear that we would not be able to function today as so many did years ago, but if push came to shove I think we would learn how to survive. I am however thankful for all the conveniences we have now. Back in the day as today we all need friends so I think we would manage somehow on how to communicate.
@Renhard (3480)
• Jamaica
8 Nov 10
I really dont know how people got through those days. All i know is that i couldnt get through them even if i tried. I wouldnt want to live so far back.
• United States
8 Nov 10
Well, back in those days, they used letters. Which is a thing that I wish we still did today. More than likely, if you were to meet someone in a store, you would see them again. The towns were not big and there wasn't much travel, except among the wealthy. So contact would have been with mostly in town people and would have been quite frequent. They would just walk or take a carriage to see each other. I think that their social skills far outweigh today's society.