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25 things that kept people entertained before social media

If you ever thought about how people spent their free time before the introduction of social media, this compilation will give you an idea.

25 things that kept people entertained before social media
Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | Photo by Sadi Gökpınar; (R) Twitter | Joanna Lamb Looby

Today, it seems quite difficult to imagine a life without social media. Whether it is on a train, bus, or any social gathering, we see people scroll through their phones. According to Forbes, research has revealed that an average internet user spends 6 hours and 53 minutes online every day. But have you ever thought about how people spent their free time or kept themselves entertained in the years before social media? @WantSomeFries2 asked people who are over the age of 30 in a tweet, "What use to keep you all entertained since you all didn't have social media back in the day?"

It is a complex question as people had other mediums of entertainment: magazines, radio, television and theatres. But Twitter users tried their best to answer this question and the responses bring in a mix of old memories, nostalgia and suggestions on how people can look beyond social media. Here are the 25 things people did growing up before social media entered our lives:

1. Sneak out:



 

2. Handwritten letters:



 

3. The Oregon Trail:



 

 

4. We could go out:



 

5. The malls:



 

6. Sitting with friends:



 

7. Actually socializing:



 

8. Jousting:



 

9. TV shows back then:



 

10. Good old payphone days:



 

11. Get-togethers at coffee shops:



 

12. Make your own website:



 

13. Beers and music:



 

14. TV schedule ruled:



 

15. There were free places:



 

16. Neighborhood tea parties:



 

17. Gaming:



 

18. Called our buddies on landlines:



 

19. Another media:



 

20. Same things:



 

 

21. Anything at the park:



 

22. Rented movies:



 

 

23. Playing spades or dominoes :



 

24. Legos:



 

25. Fishing:



 

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