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25 Things We Did Before Smartphones

It was a simpler time... (No, wait, actually, was it though?)

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1. You enjoyed gigs without having the urge to film them.

Who actually watches those grainy, sideways, 28-second videos online anyway?
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Who actually watches those grainy, sideways, 28-second videos online anyway?

2. You could be late. And that was OK!

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You had a million and one reasons, and no one could dispute otherwise. How would they know there weren't leaves on the line?

3. Newspapers were all the rage.

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This was back when they used to print the internet on paper.

4. Playlists were known as "mixtapes".

And they could be given as gifts! Thoughtful gifts!
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And they could be given as gifts! Thoughtful gifts!

5. You never knew where you were.

Or where anyone else was, for that matter.
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Or where anyone else was, for that matter.

6. Dating was utterly terrifying.

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You didn't know if they were going to turn up, when they were going to turn up, if they had the right time, if they were going to turn up, if they actually thought you meant a different meeting place to the one you did... Exhausting!

7. Awkward situations were even more awkward.

Lifts were unbearable. Where were you supposed to look?
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Lifts were unbearable. Where were you supposed to look?

8. You knew all your mates' numbers off by heart.

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9. You got to know their mums pretty well too.

"Oh, hi Mrs Robinson, is Katie there? No? Oh, alright. I'll talk to you then."
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"Oh, hi Mrs Robinson, is Katie there? No? Oh, alright. I'll talk to you then."

10. Arguing wasn't about being right.

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It was about winning. Not facts. Winning.

11. Prank calling was a thing.

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We're not condoning it by any means. We're just noting that it was indeed a thing.

12. While this actually served a purpose:

Now they're just RUDE.
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Now they're just RUDE.

13. With no social media, you largely kept your thoughts to yourself.

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#Undersharing.

14. And you kept your embarrassing questions to yourself too.

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15. You had to take pictures with one of these:

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16. And then you had to wait a week to get back a pack of these:

Only to find out you'd held your thumb over the lens for half of them.
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Only to find out you'd held your thumb over the lens for half of them.

17. You used strange, antiquated tools such as "pens" and "pencils".

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Haven't seen one of these in years. They must be worth loads.

18. You did ??? on the toilet.

We're stumped here. What did we do on the toilet before we had smartphones? Stare into space? Was that it?
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We're stumped here. What did we do on the toilet before we had smartphones? Stare into space? Was that it?

19. Libraries were a thing!

Now they're just a place where university students occasionally sleep over.
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Now they're just a place where university students occasionally sleep over.

20. Car journeys were more tense.

Getting from A to B included a C, a D, and a whole lot of shouting about E. (Not pictured: The person whose fault it was.)
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Getting from A to B included a C, a D, and a whole lot of shouting about E.

(Not pictured: The person whose fault it was.)

21. Pub quizzes were actually fun.

You know, before everyone turned into walking, talking encyclopaedias. Encyclopaedias that definitely didn't use their phones in the bathroom
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You know, before everyone turned into walking, talking encyclopaedias. Encyclopaedias that definitely didn't use their phones in the bathroom

22. But most of all, we had boredom.

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23. Oh god, the boredom.

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24. So much boredom!

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25. (Never leave us, smartphone.)

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Thank heavens for smartphones. Providing a viable alternative to people since 2007. So get yourself a Super Mega Personalised phone deal at Carphone Warehouse.

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