Do you remember what we had to do before we had the internet at our fingertips?
1. Wait for photos to be developed
Before we had the internet we had to pop the roll of film in the post and wait for them to be developed and posted back, or nip off to the high street to have them developed. All this with the hope you didn’t get someone else’s photos by mistake! Sharing photos was a matter of getting out the massive photo albums at Christmas.
2. Arrange to meet at a time and place…
…and stick to that time and place! We definitely couldn’t Whatsapp to say we were running late or change the meeting place.
3. Watch telly… with our families
And as a whole nation… one episode a week! We certainly couldn’t record a whole series with one click or stream EastEnders when we felt like it. We’ll probably never again have a time like 1983 when over 30 million people watched Den divorce Angie on the EastEnders Christmas episode.
4. And watch the adverts
Sometimes the best bit of the evening’s viewing was the commercial break. Remember the Gold Blend couple… will they, won’t they? And no, you couldn’t skip through the ads back then!
5. Book last-minute holidays through Teletext
Teletext: just like the internet but through your television… and with no picture, just pixelated text… and less information… and slower. But you could book a last-minute holiday! And who had a clue what it would be like with no TripAdvisor reviews to guide us.
6. Go to the video shop to hire a film
We’d spend hours browsing for something to watch, decide on Rambo: First Blood, only to find they’d all been rented out! And remember – be kind and rewind. Streaming? That was something the local river did.
7. Look at paper maps
Living in London we all had the A to Z to help us get around. Travelling further afield and with no GPS, we’d have to plan our route… on a paper map!
8. Get the news once a day
We used to sit down and read the news. Then wait until the next day for any developments.
9. Make mix tapes for each other
We’d spend an age recording songs from CDs or (even further back) vinyl for friends and crushes. No Spotify playlists for us!
10. Look in the phone book
Like Google… but analogue.
Do you have any memories of other things we did before the internet existed?