It’s easy to take our smartphones for granted in 2017. With the entire connected world at our fingertips in just a few clicks, we can soon forget that, in the not too distant past, things were very different.
Affectionately remembered as ‘bricks’, the mobile phones of the late ‘90s and early-2000s were a world away from the pocket rockets we have today. Anyone of a certain age had one at some point – you likely still do buried in a draw somewhere – and they didn’t do much more than call or text.
But would we choose to go back to those times?
Probably not. Not now.
Not after so many years of Google Maps and Deliveroo and Candy Crush.
Whether you’re an iPhone, Android or Windows user, you have everything you need right at your fingertips – and going back now would NOT be a smooth transition!
And that got us thinking. Just how different was life before 4G and Uber and Tinder and Whatsapp? Have we just… forgotten?
We asked around, and this is what life was like before we all had smartphones. Apparently.
1) People got lost. A lot
With the entire globe literally mapped out in your pocket thanks to Google or Apple Maps, there’s very little reason to actually remember where anything is nowadays. But just a handful of years ago, we used to – get this – print out directions from our desktops if we needed to get anywhere, and carry them around with us all day. And if you got truly lost, you had to actually ask a stranger for directions. Insane!