1. I used to meet my friends at a prearranged time at a prearranged spot like outside a movie theatre or at the train station. They couldn’t be late, because there were no cell phones then for calling and giving lame excuses. Latecomers got an earful from everyone else who was waiting.
2. We met up and talked to our closest friends and family over a meal. There was none of the impersonal conversations we have on Facebook. It was a more intimate, one on one conversation and not a status update or comment that everyone could read including people we don’t know, like friends of friends. I miss the real connection with my few close friends whom I’ve known for years. Yeah, I really do miss them a whole lot although I have become quite the hermit these days.
3. We had a few good friends and not the countless number of people we hardly know and now regret adding on Facebook.
4. There was no email or blackberry and at work we were not constantly distracted by new mail or a buzzing inbox 24/7. We did what was critical and important and didn’t have to deal with all the noise. Consequently we could leave work on time and have a life outside of work. Life was slower and better – we could breathe.
5. This is an ironical one – instead of blogging, surfing the net and being addicted to Facebook games, we spent more time reading books and going to museums and movies. The movie theatre experience is a millions times superior to watching a DVD. It just can’t compare.
6. We actually penned well thought out letters and sent them by airmail. I wonder if a young person today has ever done this in their life. Email and webcams have obliterated the need.
7. We wrote in our diaries with a pen and paper and not in an electronic device which when lost means freaking out and the end of the world.
8. We were more alert and did mental sums for simple calculations or used what we learnt in simple Math, rather than rely on a calculator.
9. There was something nostalgic and romantic about using a coin operated phone. You only see that in old movies these days.
10. You didn’t have to get annoyed by the social isolation caused by someone constantly texting during a meal. People talked more.
11. We did not have to worry about privacy leaks before Google and Facebook. There was no such thing as a firing over an inappropriate Facebook photo.
12. We used to be healthier and cooked food in an oven rather than heat up processed food in a microwave . I still think microwaves cause cancer and there are bad health consequences although there is no real proof yet. I am also sure that cell phones fry brain cells and do us a world of hurt like causing neck aches and finger cramps from too much texting.