13 Things All of Us Miss About the Pre-cellphone Era

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The digitalization era indeed has made our life a lot more convenient than the pre-cell phone era. There is no human out there who hasn’t been glued to their gadgets once in their life.

With all the hustle and bustle, human life has become as sophisticated as the entangled wires of digital gadgets. However, deep down we humans are seeking tranquility that got lost in the pre-cell phone era.

Here, are some of the things, we miss about the pre-cell phone era where life used to be simple and people used to be more engaged with each other rather than with gadgets.

1. Freedom

Not gonna lie we have seized our own freedom! It was entirely separate from the constant intrusion of cell phones in the pre-cell phone era. People were unrestrained, and one could hear children giggling in the streets. Due to social media and selfie culture, a lot of people have lost sight of the importance of being authentic and just themselves.

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2. Feelings of flipping pages

Before electronic books and devices, we had dictionaries and books. The finest experience is turning the pages of a book in the solitude of a library. People are currently scrolling through pages on smartphones while being disturbed by loud traffic noises.

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3. Face-to-face actual conversations

People are undoubtedly connected however they aren’t properly communicated. Clear face-to-face conversations during the pre-cell phone era were the plus point of that era. Right now, people are glued to their gadgets communicating through text messages. We can only see the greatest conversations in reels than in real life.

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4. Punctuality

In the cell phone era, after agreeing to meet at a place at a certain time, people would be punctual because of no contact. Additionally, everyone would show up for the meeting since people know it is impolite to be late. However, in this era people cancel on you 5 minutes before the meetups ruining all the fun. Like seriously, dude?

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5. Boundaries

The digitalized world has made people forget that we have our own boundaries. We are functioning well on our own, therefore you aren’t entitled to reach us 24/7. It’s become customary to try to intrude on other people’s personal space. Life before cell phones was carefree and enjoyable because nobody bothered to invade your personal space.

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6. Proper hangout

Meals and hangouts were not just heads titled down looking at their phones before the cell phone era. Now, the gatherings are ruined by constant selfies and pictures. Surely, taking a picture or two maybe a video for memories is certainly appropriate, but being too attached to your phone sucks.

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7. Sensitivity

We have truly lost our sense of sensitivity with all those cell phones in the palm of our hands. No matter what tragedies are unfolding in front of us, we are just eager to capture those gruesome moments. Forget about censorship, we just upload those pictures, regardless of how sensitive they may be. Additionally, we are occupied with bringing tragedies to life on the news page rather than assisting the people concerned.

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8. Patience over Panic

In the days before cell phones, patience was a virtue. Like, people would live in peace. While waiting for someone or doing anything, people would be unhurried and patient. However, now patience has been consumed by panic. Many people experience panic if they are without an internet connection even for a little period of time as they would have nothing to do in their hands.

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9. No consent

People record or take images of others without their consent in order to gain views or reach. Everywhere we go now, people are ready to take snaps or records without the consent of others. People have to constantly live in fear of getting in the background of someone’s video or picture. People would be able to go places without this constant fear and anxiety before cell phones.

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10. Waiting to eat

You’ve undoubtedly been through this before! In the restaurant, after the food is served, you’d have to wait for 5 people to take 50 different angles of a plate of food. However, prior to the invention of cell phones, you could simply begin to eat, and the meal would actually taste good.

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11. Unsolicited nude pictures

Got a new message? You open it up and see unsolicited nude pictures of strangers and voila your day is successfully ruined. People would truly have a nice day of their lives back in the days before cell phones when they wouldn’t have to deal with these horrible pictures!

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12. Exchanging letters

Now we just text and most of us don’t know how to actually start a letter. Before, writing and receiving letters used to be enjoyable. Receiving the letter after a day or two would be thrilling and exciting, contributing to the anticipation. Exchanging letters would be fun in those days!

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13. Mental well-being

Last but not least! Seriously, we are missing having mental well-being in this era of busyness. We are constantly afraid of missing out on something on social media. Having a portable device in the pocket is like carrying a ticking bomb. Applications in portable devices are quite addictive and are destroying our mental well-being. It was ok to be vague about things during the pre-cell phone era maintaining calmness to mental well-being and the human soul.

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Anjali Magar

I am but a wandering frustrated youth that you could have run into just about anywhere.

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