Can blue light from your phone cause vision problems? Find out and learn more about your vision in the AARP Eye Center.

Reply
Info Seeker
1
Kudos
1313
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,313 Views
Message 11 of 38

Well, I was using what were called electronic bulletin boards with a Heathkit computer I built myself in 1982, running the CP/M operating system. Next came the first IBM PC and the MS-DOS operating system, but still no internet as we know it today. 

 

My first "internet" computer was an 80486 I built myself from parts I bought at a local computer show. We could exchange messages over the phone lines using modems; first 300 baud, then 1300, then 5600. There was still no public internet content at this point, the government used a system called ARPANET.

 

Once Windows 3.1 and the Netscape Navigator browser came about, the nacent internet started to become popular. Each version of Windows I used brought faster processors and faster internet connections. By 1997 with Windows 98SE and a DSL phone line connection, we could send email and download documents and pictures. 

 

Now with Win7 and Win10 and a fast computer there is not much you can't do on the internet. I wouldn't want to give up the internet because I use it for work and research. But if I suddenly was granted some mystic power I would get rid of Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, and all the other social media that has brought bullying, shaming, toxic politics, fake news, and all the other anti-social behavior. It has also brought hacking, identity theft and other ways to ruin people's lives. 

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1313
Views
Conversationalist
1
Kudos
1335
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,335 Views
Message 12 of 38

I'd be reading a book instead of my Kindle.

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1335
Views
Bronze Conversationalist
1
Kudos
1323
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,323 Views
Message 13 of 38

I would be doing the same thing I am doing now - volunteering at a disaster response site. 

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1323
Views
Bronze Conversationalist
0
Kudos
1314
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,314 Views
Message 14 of 38
  • I would be doing the same thing I am doing now-
  • volunteering for disaster response in the Carolinas 
Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
1314
Views
Info Seeker
1
Kudos
1321
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,321 Views
Message 15 of 38

I would be doing more constructive things if there were no internet.  I sit on the computer for hours at a time and do nothing else.  I get up in the mornings and the first thing I do after I put my coffee on is go to the computer.  Sheesh....

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1321
Views
Highlighted
Bronze Conversationalist
1
Kudos
1380
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,380 Views
Message 16 of 38

I would create all kinds of crafts like floral arrangements, sculptors and painting. I would dance more and I still would not like talking on the phone. I would absorb culture and anything of interest. But I am that way now.

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1380
Views
Conversationalist
1
Kudos
1406
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,406 Views
Message 17 of 38

Hello, my name is Katie and I think the internet was a great invention for our generation (I'm 51) . But I also think the younger generations got spoiled and violent. For instance the terrorists use it to draw kids n others in. That's violence. Kids play violent video games on there. They should be camping or fishing or outside riding a bike. I mean kids should be kids. Sometimes I wish we never had it.

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1406
Views
Info Seeker
1
Kudos
1401
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,401 Views
Message 18 of 38

Read real books,write poems, watch more news on tv than I do now, watch tv programs on an actual tv,puzzles, get outside more...but most important of all...actually spend more time encountering and talking to other people face - to - face!!!  Oh, and actually write letters ans send via snail mail. 

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1401
Views
Recognized Social Butterfly
1
Kudos
1402
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,402 Views
Message 19 of 38

I'd either be counting my toes or twittling my thumbs or doing some other monotously repetitive thing to while away the time....over and over again....time after time.....ad infinitum.....:

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
1402
Views
Info Seeker
2
Kudos
1409
Views

Re: What if we had no Internet?

1,409 Views
Message 20 of 38

i would of get a lot of things done!!!

Report Inappropriate Content
2
Kudos
1409
Views