Pre-internet times feel like a lost era

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The Future. We hate to break it to you, but the mid-90s are now considered “period,” with young people having no clue how life before smartphones actually functioned. It goes to show how many people are starting to feel like we rely too much on being digitally connected. This could foster a movement around learning analog skills as a way to stand out from the pack.

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Young people are obsessing over what “pre-internet” life looked like, per Axios.

  • Gen Z and Gen Alpha are watching Friends and Seinfeld, posting questions on Reddit and Quora, and sharing personal essays from elders (anyone over the age of 40) to get a sense of the digital-less existence.
  • That’s because Boomers, Gen Xers, and elder millennials are the last ones who remember existing in a world without a smartphone in their pocket.
  • Some hallmarks of this ancient history include a slower, less stressful lifestyle, no social media, and a more singular culture

A Harris Poll found that “most Americans would prefer to live in a simpler era before everyone was obsessed with screens and social media” — a feeling most prevalent with Gen Xers and elder millennials. That’s because they were still young when the transition happened.

But after nearly two decades, it would be fascinating to see if they could still survive without a smartphone.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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