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Life Before Social Media: A Journey Back in Time


Article By A.J. Solano


In today’s fast-paced, digitally connected world, it’s hard to imagine a time when our lives weren’t dominated by likes, shares, and tweets. Yet, just a few decades ago, social media didn’t exist. The way we communicated, entertained ourselves, and even raised our children was vastly different. Let’s take a nostalgic journey back to life before social media and explore the valuable lessons we can bring into our present-day parenting.


The Art of Face-to-Face Interaction


Before social media, building relationships required face-to-face interaction. Children played outside with their neighbors, forming deep, lasting friendships through shared experiences. Games like hide-and-seek, tag, and hopscotch were the norm. Parents can encourage their kids to engage in more in-person activities to build essential social skills that screen time can’t offer.


The Joy of Real-Life Adventures


Without the lure of screens, children found adventure in their backyards, local parks, and communities. Imagination ran wild as they created their own games and stories. Parents today can foster this same sense of adventure by encouraging outdoor play, nature walks, and creative, unstructured time.


Handwritten Letters and Phone Calls


Communication over long distances involved handwritten letters and phone calls. Receiving a letter from a friend or relative was an event filled with excitement and anticipation. Teaching children the art of letter writing or making a special phone call can instill patience and the joy of personal connection.


Unplugged Family Time


Families spent quality time together without the distraction of constant notifications. Board games, puzzles, and shared hobbies brought families closer. Parents can designate “unplugged” times in their households to strengthen family bonds and create lasting memories.


The Power of Community


Communities were tightly knit, with neighbors looking out for each other. Social gatherings, potlucks, and community events were frequent. Encouraging participation in local community activities can help children understand the importance of support networks and civic engagement.


Parenting in a Digital World


While we can’t turn back time, we can integrate the valuable aspects of pre-social media life into our modern parenting:


  1. Limit Screen Time: Set boundaries for screen use and promote alternative activities that encourage creativity and physical activity.

  2. Encourage Social Skills: Organize playdates, family gatherings, and community involvement to help children develop interpersonal skills.

  3. Foster Creativity: Provide opportunities for unstructured play and creative endeavors, from crafting to building forts.

  4. Prioritize Family Time: Establish regular family nights without screens, where everyone can engage in games, conversations, or shared hobbies.

  5. Teach Digital Etiquette: Educate children on the importance of balancing online interactions with real-life connections and the impact of their digital footprint.


By blending the best of the pre-social media era with the advantages of today’s technology, we can raise well-rounded, socially adept, and imaginative children. Let’s cherish the lessons from the past and apply them to create a balanced and fulfilling childhood for our kids.


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