I'm grateful I got to experience life before the Internet was ubiquitous, when there was still some freedom.
phone cameras and stuff really only started appearing at my last two years of high school, even then they were pretty low quality, I couldn’t imagine schools now where kids all got their iphone super X edition with 4K 60fps video and pictures and they can discretely record anyone anywhere
im 19 so iphones started rolling out when i was in middle school. i remember i was so contemptuous of phones and social media. it felt like as things in themselves they were stupid, but people hopped on the bandwagon anyway just to conform. i especially hate social media. its like an std of sociality. basically its a way for normalcattle to "vet" you and make sure you're one of them. when you meet one and they ask for your insta, they want to make sure you have years of documented history of hanging out with other people and conforming to the hivemind so they can predict your behavior. phones are one of the mediums or conduits with which the normalcattle hivemind sends out its signals to all its worker bees. only its more effective than a computer or tv since you take it everywhere you go. with phones, distance is eliminated. you are connected to the hivemind at all times. there is no room for error, no escape
You would be a different person, so it is not so easy to say. Since teenagers now socialise via games, maybe my verbal skills and social opportunities would have been much more advanced, and I may be a lot smarter if I had access to the internet when I was young. The outcome is too unpredictable
Same, I'm starting to hate technology and envy amish and people that aren't subjected to it.
>Anyone else feel lucky that they went through school before phones with cameras became popular?
I guess I am although like others have said in the thread it was in the later years of HS when people could technically take pictures with their phone but they were those old school flip phone image quality.
Weird thing is that even when we had phones with cameras we did not really feel the need to take pictures of everything or anything. We all know school fights were always filmed but selfies? none of that existed yet as a norm even at the start of face book becoming something most people used.
One huge cultural shift I have noticed is that people seem to think it is perfectly fine to photograph people or film them in public. You go to the train station or what have you and some normalfag will have their phone out taking photos with others in frame without a care in the world.
I went through K-12 from 1992 - 2004.
There were technically cell phones around in 2003 and 2004 that had cameras, although they weren't popular and not too many people had them.
I'm grateful I went to school before social media was a thing. You only had to compete against your class back then instead of the entire world. People were having fun and excluding me, but I didn't know about it so much about it back then.
I remember once in Chicago I saw a tourist taking a picture of the Hancock tower, so I stood off to the side so I wasn't in the shot and he could take the picture. Eventually, he saw me and said, "What are you staring at me for?"
"I'm just waiting to make sure I stay out of your picture."
He gave me this quizzical look, "People still do that around here?">>184618
I legitimately think the Amish are missing out on a huge business opportunity. They could probably sell "Tech-free retreats" where you go to a bed and breakfast hotel they've made up, and when you check in you have to give them your cell phone and other electronics. I bet you there'd people who'd go for it.
…fuck, I'D probably go for it.
Such a weirdness! I do pity them, instead.
trying way too hard wizkid
>>184619> One huge cultural shift I have noticed is that people seem to think it is perfectly fine to photograph people or film them in public. You go to the train station or what have you and some normalfag will have their phone out taking photos with others in frame without a care in the world.
100%, I thank god. I know as the class loser/freak I would have been filmed and mocked online every day. Honestly probably would have pushed me to suicide.