8 things you’ll only know if you grew up without social media

We now live in a digital era – but there was a time before

Social media is now a massive part of our daily lives, but if you’re a certain age, you might remember a time before we had to worry about filters, hashtags and likes.

The word social media wasn’t even in the dictionary when we were growing up, let alone the internet!  Here are some things you might just relate to…

1. We could live in the moment a lot more

There’s often a feeling of, ‘Instagram it, or it didn’t happen’. Whether it’s a funny family moment or a fancy dinner, there’s a sometimes crippling pressure to get the right shot to add to your glossy highlights reel.

And there’s actually nothing worse than the sense of guilt and frustration you feel if you don’t pull your phone out in time to capture a spontaneous moment, like a clichéd Boomerang of clinking mimosas at brunch.

2. You didn’t know everyone’s business

Back in the day, the people you didn’t keep in touch with from your past would fade into obscurity, only to be thought about once in a blue moon.

Because of social media, you feel like you know Sandra from primary school’s life better than your own, down to the type of supermarket washing detergent she prefers.

3. Catching up with friends was more interesting

When your friends got engaged, fell pregnant or had some great career news, it was a genuine surprise to hear them break the news over the phone or in person.

Now you feel like you know everything about your friend’s and family’s lives’ before they have a chance to even tell you about things, so there’s nothing new to talk about when you meet up.

4. Life wasn’t a competition

There’s always been an element of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’, but social media has accelerated comparison culture, to the point where it’s impossible to keep up.

It’s hard not to reflect on your own life when you’re constantly confronted with images of things you don’t own or life milestones you haven’t – and may never – hit.

And when you do achieve something? The first thing you do is hastily post about it on social media, rather than taking the time to enjoy the moment yourself.

5. There was no embarrassing evidence the morning after

Once upon a time, a drunken night out that ended with you singing to a pub garden full of people would be dead and buried the morning after.

Thanks to camera phones, footage of your tipsy mishaps is usually committed to film and shared on Instagram for hundreds of people to watch, multiple times, before you’ve even realised it.

6. You didn’t care if people ‘liked’ you

Social media ‘likes’ mean a lot in today’s world. They’re a form of acceptance from random people you sort of half know, and after a while, getting more of them can become quite an addiction.

We miss the days where we did things because we wanted to and not for the sake of impressing other people.

7. We wasted less time

It’s genuinely frightening how much time social media can steal away from us.

The never-ending timelines and stories mean you can scroll forever, without realising you’ve spent an entire evening achieving nothing and ignoring everyone else in your household.

8. Your fashion faux pas were buried too

We’re so glad the cringe-inducing pictures of some of the clobber we loved in the Fifties and Sixties aren’t on the internet.

Kids of today will always be haunted by the trends of the past, whereas we can hide them in a photo album, only to be looked at in the privacy of our own homes when we fancy a good laugh.

Do the benefits of social media outway the negatives?

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16th Jan 2021
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One good thing about having social media is that in times like these when many of us separated from our family and friends we can see and talk to each other and feel closer until we can be together again in real life.
16th Jan 2021
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Yes I quite agree but have you never wondered how people managed to get along during the war...never had such facilities but relied on each other. This sort of socialising has long gone which is a shame....

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