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Weird Things People Used To Do Before Wi-Fi Existed

Updated September 23, 2021 2.6k votes 519 voters 23.9k views12 items

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It can seem hard to fathom now, but there was a time before computers were a central part of our everyday lives, and there are even a few of us dinosaurs left who remember that time well. In reality, it wasn't that long ago, but reflecting upon the weird things people did before Wi-Fi, it seems in many ways like a completely different world. Dial-up connections made logging onto the Internet time-consuming and frustrating. The scarcity of computers in general - schools, libraries, and a few privileged households - made them rare, exciting, and thrillingly new. What we now view as outdated technology from before Wi-Fi was once considered the fast lane on the "information superhighway" (a phrase both archaic and quaint in its throwback to another era). In short, computers were a delicacy, the notion of speed was in the eye of the beholder, and the idea of walking around with a portable, handheld phone/radio/television seemed like something straight out of science fiction.

Let's remember what the Internet used to be like…

  • 1. They Sat Around Waiting For The Dial-Up To Connect

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  • 2. They Unplugged The Landline To Avoid Getting Disconnected

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  • 3. They Sat Around Waiting For Images To Load

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  • 4. They Watched TV Shows On TV…One Episode Per Week

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