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Top 10 Things To Do Before The Internet Was Invented

Updated on January 29, 2015

10. Listen To The Radio.

By Unknown or not provided (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Unknown or not provided (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The radio still is one of the most beloved devices in the world. We all listen to the radio before we go to work. Or even when were just out and about. It has become universally known as the savior from awkward situations. And it's awesome because nowadays you could literally listen anything you want on the radio, whether it be music, Rock to Rap or comedy, Russel Peters to Tony Rock. The possibilities are endless. I have never met anyone who doesn't like the radio. My grandmother rest her soul. Used to love listening to the radio. She escaped Germany during World War II, yet she used to love listening to the radio. Even back in the 40's when she was young as do I love listening to the radio, as I am young. I find it very fascinating really. She used to talk about how important the radio is and how much she loved it, she usually had a joke or two waiting for you too every time you spoke with her. Old people are great. Yes so the radio is just one of those things that even if you don't listen to it, it is important to have, in case of natural disasters and such.

9. Hunt.

By Paul Hardy (iilustrator) (1862-1942) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Paul Hardy (iilustrator) (1862-1942) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This one isn't for everybody, but back then. It was way more universal to eat meat. Some would say it's essential. Some would say it's cruel. But either way, hunting has an important role in all cultures from all corners of the world. Growing up seeing my father hunt moose, deer, elk etc. Had a huge influence on the way I viewed animals. In an opposite manner. I didn't stop eating meat but I did cut down tremendously. For example, I eat fruits and vegetables way more than I do meat. I was not traumatized from seeing animals being slaughtered and butchered, I just gained more knowledge about how we treat them. Not implying you should not eat meat, It's more of a personal thing. I just feel, for myself, I should do more to care for animals by not eating as much meat. Hunters will always be around, and I have no problem with that, it is just, One day I would like to see trophy hunting (the hunting of animals, in a sports organized fashion) fade away and never come back.

8. Read.

See page for author [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons
See page for author [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons

This one right here is essential for all. Without the ability to read, as well write, we would never be able to evolve. Our species would never take off. But fortunately we are the most intelligent species in this solar system. So we not only learned how to read and write, we learned how build our entire society and existence around it. And luckily, some people like me and you, love to read and write so it has continued to grow steadily as we go along. Reading also leads to a higher I.Q. levels as well as keeping your brain sharp as possible. Some people even shape their life around teaching this ancient art, ans some people read as a hobby. So there is a huge cultural gap there, but that seems to matter, not.

7. Write Letters.

Gabriël Metsu [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Gabriël Metsu [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sure the internet has pretty much took over the whole communication aspect of life by now, but before the internet. People had to write letters to communicate with each other, it was the most convenient way to keep in touch with one another. Depending on your financial stability, you could have had a phone back then but it was depending on your financial stability and on how far back you want to go but writing a letter and sending it through mail was just so easy and secure. Especially during the wars. And yeah sure it was convenient, but what many people did not realize, was our trees were being cut down at a very rapid rate. So losing out on the whole mail situation is actually very beneficial because the internet requires no usage of paper whatsoever to send messages back and fourth to one another. Although if you ask almost any senior citizen, if they had a positive experience with the mail system, chances are they will tell you a very positive story about sending mail back and fourth to their friends or relatives. I could completely understand where their coming from though, because it is very much a privilege to be able to take a pen to a paper and just go crazy.

6. Make Art.

By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Art is another thing that almost everyone is familiar with. Art is simply amazing, it's what thrives us. Literally everything you do is considered art. Some people even make a career making art. Art gives you so many opportunities, from helping keep stress at bay, to making peoples dreams into a reality. There is study from That art relieves stress, they examined 4 areas of artistic expression, Music engagment, Visual arts, Mevement-Based Creative Expression (a growing interest in dance and movement has accompanied recognition of the mind and body benefits of motor activity) and Expressive Writing. What they had to say was "In all 4 areas of creative artistic expression reviewed here, there are clear indications that artistic engagement has significantly positive effects on health." This was a government study.

5. Play Board Games.

By Nicolas de Larmessin III after Nicolas Lancret (Live Journal) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Nicolas de Larmessin III after Nicolas Lancret (Live Journal) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Now, board games have been around for centuries and I'm pretty sure they'll be here forever, because I personally love playing board games and the first known board game ever recorded was between 3300-2700 BC. And I also grew up playing chess, snakes and ladders, monopoly, you know stuff like that. But my now, my favorite board games are Cranium, Pictionary, Trivia pursuit, games of that sort. There is actually a very interesting statistic about board games. British game journalist Quintin Smith said during an web video posted on, "We are living in a golden age for board gaming."

4. Swing Dance. (Or just dancing in general)

By Esther Bubley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Esther Bubley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This one according to my mother, is the best one. Swing dancing was first introduced In 1929, the swing dancing was created by Charles Lindburg. It was very popular. Especially amongst the younger genereation people. I personally never had the honor to be taught how to swing dance, but I my mother knows how to swing dance, very well if I might add. I also seen it on television as a child. And yeah I would try it, it looks fun. All dance looks fun actually and like to dance so I that's a pretty easy one for me.

3. Going For Bike Rides

By Shirl (lessons) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Shirl (lessons) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Okay bike riding is fun, no matter who you ask. Almost everyone knows how to ride a bike. It is actually a privilege to have the health to learn this well appreciated skill. I actually remember before I learned how to ride a bike. I was terrified to ride one without training wheels. And I was also very short, looking up at everyone. But it doesn't take much physical skill to learn. It is really all in your head.

2. Playing fetch with your dog. Or taking them for a walk.

Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F051673-0059 / CC-BY-SA [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons
Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F051673-0059 / CC-BY-SA [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons

I always enjoyed playing outdoors with my dog. Max was my dogs name. He was a doberman pinscher. Cutest dog ever I might add. I think this played a major role in the way I interact with others because I learned to take care of him as if he were one of my family memebers. He was a beautiful dog but he did not know it, he was kind of a dummy. Taking him for walks sometimes was great but other times he would just bolt. He'd just start running as fast as he can. My dog was so happy and energetic, we had some fun times till he past. I also think owning a dog as a child is one way of keeping them outdoors and interacting.

1. Going To Play Outside In General.

By Corn, Jack, 1929-, Photographer (NARA record: 8464440) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Corn, Jack, 1929-, Photographer (NARA record: 8464440) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Yes you guessed it. This one will always be around. And personally, I love it. I was just born in 1995 but I know going to play outside very well. In fact that was all I did as a kid. I lived in the country so it was pretty easy to want to go outside. I never had internet as a kid but I noticed even some people my age had internet as a kid so when I try to talk to them about exploring the great outdoors or playing in the tree house your dad built. They just look at me like I'm weird. I find it fascinating really.

Honorable Mention - Super Mario Bros.

By Nintendo (Electronic Entertainment Expo) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Nintendo (Electronic Entertainment Expo) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Okay, I just had to write about this one. Sure it only came out in the mid 1980s. But this game has a special place in my heart. I'm sure it is the same for some parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents alike. Super Mario Bros. is another one of those things that even if you're not a fan. Chances are you've heard of it before. As most of you know Mario is a fictional video game character who is a short, chubby plumber with a beautiful mustache, who's adventures are generally centered upon rescuing Princess Peach from the ever so ferocious Koopa villain, Bowser. With his brother and partner in crime, Luigi of course. Nowadays Mario is video game cultural icon. He is highly respected across a platform of different games and their genres. For instance, if you asked someone who likes first person shooters (point of view shooting games) what their take on Mario and Luigi is, they would probably have only the most respect for them. Because, they are basically, to put it all in one sentence, they are the pioneers of video gaming in a way. But realistically Nintendo is undoubtedly one of the top, real, pioneers of gaming. Now my favorite Mario game of all time is Mario Kart. With Mario Party being the runner up.

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    • Royce S profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Yeah, many solid points. Thank you for your comment. You're also awesome!

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Hahahaha what the people who were born after the 1060's were missing! Then they go off half-cocked and think that theire whole lives were what happene and nothing happened before then.

      We had animals and grew our own food, took care of the gardens. wrote letter by hand, played outside, picked wild blackberries, had dinner with neighbors, played board and card games. We were social and when to social activities, like movies and out to dinner and chruch functions. We read lots and walked lots and were more physical. We did our homework on paper and used pencils to do math. We had a life full of physical activities and social interractions....much different that today. It was fun!!

    • Royce S profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Yeah it is. Thanks for the comment, you're awesome!

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      4 years ago

      I was born in the 80s so Mario is the one from this list I identify with the most. I still have my old NES and pull it out to play Mike Tyson's Punchout, Mario, and more. It's amazing that NES has lasted all these years with no problems. I did play outside a lot too and ran around the neighborhood. Kids today don't get to do that either because they like texting and the internet too much or parents are afraid to let their kids run around for fear something bad will happen. It's a shame.


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