Many shared that most of their day involves just hanging outside with their friends and family.
Nowadays, almost everyone spends most of their time online, and the younger you are, the more days you spend in front of a screen. Given how indispensable the Internet has become, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when it just… didn’t exist. But if you’re of a certain age, you remember those pre-internet days very well, and perhaps very fondly, despite how crazy it might seem to many young people today. One Reddit user u/_mayora13_ asked: “Teenagers before the Internet. what did you do in your room in your spare time? What activities did you do (by activities I mean hobbies or things to do)? Did you get bored more easily? ?
Over 9,000 Redditors chimed in to talk about their childhood whims and fancies. Here are some of the best answers we’ve come across.
1. Boredom was never an option.
“Read it. A lot. I watched movies. I spoke on the phone. For hours. That assumes I was at home in my room. Which wasn’t much… I was out at the mall with friends or passing time. in their homes, near movie theaters, arcades, etc. I was never bored. Even when I was alone in my room at home. Boredom just wasn’t there when I had a good book.” — u/we-feed-the-fire
2. Mixtapes and muscles.
“I miss this. Recording songs from the radio to tape was so awesome. I liked it: Then I’d be so proud of myself if I could recognize the song fast enough to hit record and get as much of the beginning of the song as possible. That’s probably one of the main reasons I was able to recognize songs from the 70s and 80s so well. I had to ‘exercise’ those muscles while making tapes.” — u/-Demented Avenger-
3. We love Pulp Fiction
“Mostly video games, but my best friend and I spent a summer making a clay version of Pulp Fiction out of Gumby characters. It was fun.” —u/xmadjesterx
4. Hello, it’s me
“It’s hard to overemphasize to the new generations how much time we spend on our phones. Hours, Hours at a time. So much so that phone companies started offering “teen lines,” which were just a second phone line installed in your home. so the kid didn’t hit the phone all day, nobody could call you.” — u/vespidaevulgaris
5. The latchkey child
“Reading was a big deal, and listening to music. Being a latchkey kid gave me so much time to listen to my parents’ records. If it wasn’t for that time alone with Sam Cooke, I would have clapped on the first beat. hilly”. — u/Academic_Snow_7680
“I was writing in my journal, decorating my walls, doing homework, reading magazines, putting on makeup and trying to find ideas for school clothes.” — u/fingersonlips
8. Tom from Myspace?
“I watched VHS tapes, TV, read a book, listened to the radio, waiting for your favorite song with a ready-to-record cassette, went out to visit friends, talk on the phone.
Technically my generation, the older millennials, were some of the first to really use the internet. But it wasn’t like it is now. We were still out and about and using the internet was a privilege. If you don’t have 2 lines, you can only be online until someone has to use the phone. Many homes only had 1 computer because they were expensive. For social media, I remember blackplanet and MySpace being a big deal, but it didn’t take time like social media does now.” — u/jolietia
9. Do you remember the outdoors?
“Read books/comics, listened to music, watched TV, smoked weed, played video games, played on my computer (Commodore 64, Apple II), talked on the phone or CB. I guess I get bored sometimes like any teenager. Also, there was this thing called “outside”. Ride a bike, hang out at a 7-11, an arcade or bowling alley (which was basically an arcade) or even a pool hall (they had pinball machines) back in the day. — u/Anvakh747
10. Crackhead Barbies.
“When I was a teenager, I had the Internet, but I also did other things on the side. This is what I did.
-Painting (digital and traditional) I’ve done this a lot.
-Listen to music (I had an off-brand mp3 player that was stolen a long time ago.) I used to do this a lot.
– Played single player games on my Windows Vista laptop and on my tablet and phone.
-Went to my sister’s house to play C****head Barbies (which is exactly what we Barbies do, but I make my Barbie act like she’s a m*** and have weird fights. Sometimes I used to film us doing this on my old flip phone. I still have the phone and the videos but they get corrupted when trying to transfer them to other devices 🙂
I think I’ve done other things, but don’t remember them off the top of my head.” —u/Present_Half_9398
11. Just chilling in the atmosphere.
“Talking on the phone, driving and shopping/eating out, walking around, playing video games, sporting activities like shooting hoops or throwing a football, hoping to relax, watching movies or going to the movies, sneaking into someone’s pool or hot tub : Later we had some fun with drinking games. We were also mostly all involved in extracurricular activities that we could do with our teammates. We weren’t bored because eventually we found something. — u/Temporary-Dot4952
12. Always organize.
“Talking on the phone endlessly, arguing endlessly about whose turn it was to talk on the phone, putting up poster walls of magazine clippings, toys, drawing, puzzles, rewinding all the tapes you just listened to, changing your clothes. , makeup, wearing lip sync shoes for your pillows/things. Oh, stickers! In sticky books. Layout of all your stickers. — you/Sorry_engineer_
13. Neanderthal Esk
“I remember being silly with a couple of friends and I’d go into the woods and pick a tree and pick up rocks and see who could knock the biggest piece of bark 30 feet away while arguing about what strength : Ranger was the best or something and don’t get bored for hours at all. I feel bad for everyone who never got to experience that.” — u/ZacharyShade
14. Deep Listening
“One of my favorite things was what I called ‘deep listening’ for albums. Either my favorite band would drop something, or I’d pick one of my favorites, smoke a nice joint, put on some headphones, lay back. the whole album of sleeping and absorbing begins to end. Every note, every word. I liked that. Also, even though I wrote songs and poetry, practiced my singing (scream) as an aspiring frontman, read tons of books (everything Stephen King as a teenager), play video games, talk to girls on the phone for hours. If I’m being completely honest, I mourn the loss of the world before the internet. Before our attention and data were commoditized.” — u/Live_For_A_Living
15. Go to page 394
“You know how you read the entire Harry Potter series over and over again? In the 1980s, we read books like this all the time. Also, growing up in an era where “Mom, I need a ride…” “really exists, I rode my bike everywhere. To this day, bikes = freedom.” — u/CapnScrunch