For someone who doesn’t like social media, I hear a lot of things about social media. This is a tweet someone sent recently – it’s actually a redo of a tweet someone else did a couple of years ago – that asks an interesting question:
Having only one (rotary) phone in the house, in the kitchen, where everyone could hear what you were saying, and it was plugged into the wall so you had to stay in one place. Having to answer that phone when it rang and you didn’t know who was calling. Busy signals (I miss busy signals). Waiting for the news to come on at 6pm. Having to wait for a TV show to be rerun if you missed it (if it was rerun at all). Getting off the couch to turn off the TV. The “this concludes our broadcasting day” sign-off. Listening to the radio, hoping they’ll replay that song you really liked. “10 records for a penny!” Showing an ID to use a credit card. Carbon paper. Collecting S&H Green Stamps. Inserting those little yellow things in the center of 45s (also, 45s). Woolworth’s. Waiting until the next day for the print newspaper. Encyclopedia Brittanica. Using the encyclopedia to look up a fact, or calling someone else who might know. Having a TV repairman come to the house. Restaurants that gave out free matchbooks. The need to memorize the phone numbers of all of your family and friends.
How about you?