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Old Sep 11th 2011, 5:46 am
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It's the weekend and I'm staying up late playing my ps3 and fooling around online.....I was wondering what people used to do say 20 years ago? Did everyone just go to bed at a decent time? Did they stay up and read all night? Maybe watch some VHS?
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It's the weekend and I'm staying up late playing my ps3 and fooling around online.....I was wondering what people used to do say 20 years ago? Did everyone just go to bed at a decent time? Did they stay up and read all night? Maybe watch some VHS?
20 years ago? I was either having a wank or thinking about it.
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20 years ago? I was either having a wank or thinking about it.
That might be the best post I have ever read on these forums!
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That might be the best post I have ever read on these forums!
Go easy, it was just one I tossed off without thinking
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20 years ago, let me see...oh yes, Downloading porn from ARPANET

hang on its only 20 years, when did people start getting online?
....I think I was in 1995, 16 years ago.

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20 years ago? I was either having a wank or thinking about it.
And now you have the best of worlds... wanking while online.
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And now you have the best of worlds... wanking while online.
Precisely, and with these new tablet thingys you can just wipe them clean
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Talked on the phone. Talked to family/housemates in person a lot more.

Sewed. Read. Occasionally watched the idiot box.
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I'm one of 10 children. You can probably work out what went on before t'internet.
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It's the weekend and I'm staying up late playing my ps3 and fooling around online.....I was wondering what people used to do say 20 years ago? Did everyone just go to bed at a decent time? Did they stay up and read all night? Maybe watch some VHS?
20 years ago, if I couldn't sleep, I used to read a real book with real pages. I don't even think I had cable TV back then, so a lot of channels were off the air at midnight or so.

Now if I can't sleep, I'm on the internet (or on the computer playing games), or watching Nick at Night.

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We had gopher, FTP, telnet, email etc twenty years ago..
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Me? Well not much different from today.

I don't have a smartphone and switch off the computer at 6PM. So evenings are spent as they have been for the past 58 years with my wife ,watching some TV or reading.
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20 years ago I was a newly wed.....'nuff said
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20 years ago life was a real roller coaster. We could barely afford to keep the electricity on or a roof over our head. Lots of early sleepless nights....thank goodness those days are over
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