Woman Born in 1997 Asks How People “Looked Things Up” Before the Internet
Here’s a TikTok video from a 26 year old woman who had zero clue that we were able to exist in a time before the internet. She asked (seriously, mind you) how we found stuff out before the internet. As in, before we could search the internet, how did we answer life’s questions or get directions. “You guys, like here’s a genuine question. Like genuinely.”
Seriously, how did we learn the answers to life’s many questions if we couldn’t easily just search for the answer on the internet? What if we couldn’t remember the name of a movie star? What if we needed directions to someplace and we didn’t have a navigation system like Google maps?
OH MY GOD! IT MUST HAVE BEEN MASS HYSTERIA.
People must have been driving around endlessly… bumping into circles and driving to all kinds of places by mistake. “Eeeek! I drove to my grandmas house when I intended to drive myself to the beach!”
“What did you do? Go to the library?! Would you just accept not knowing?”
Indeed, Miss 90’s Internet girl. How did we live?! If I needed a set of directions to that specialty store. What if I wanted to bake bread but needed the recipe?
This video is as stunning as it is understandable. It’s stunning because everyone who lived in a time before the tech boom knows about paper road maps and grand ma’s recipe books. Our modern society has really become so easy thanks to technology. And yet, if you didn’t live through that, I can see how you’d ask how we found stuff out before the internet.
We used to have to have a paper map in our car at all times! You had to buy a book of maps from the store! Before any family trip, my dad would spend hours and hours pouring over maps of the states through which we’d be driving. He would make detailed driving instructions.
These days, I barely look at the route before driving off on a mountain bike adventure over 6 hours away. My dad (who would have turned 96 this past August 26th had cancer not taken him in 1989) would have been shocked by that.
For someone with limited experience, it must really be impossible to imagine how we actually survived. Can you imagine this woman being forced to use a paper map?! I’ll bet she could hardly fold the damn thing up, let alone actually plan a trip.
But here’s the thing. Did this technology make us soft? Were the “old times” somehow better? Aren’t there a whole new set of challenges that go hand-in-hand with the post technology living? I think the answer is yes, but I’m going to ask Google to tell me why…