New student blogger Rob Taylor asks ‘how did we meet people before the internet’? Social and networking both existed before Facebook came along, though it may be easier to meet strangers now because of the internet (and riskier too).
Here are some more questions with answers that may surprise those born at the end of the 1980s (ie today’s new students).
How did we write before word processing? Essays and letters were written by hand. Smart documents like a CV we typed on a manual typewriter. If you made a mistake, you had to start all over again.
How did we communicate before mobile phones? It was sometimes difficult, but we managed. dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot. Stuff like that.
What did we do before email? First there were letters, then there was fax. This was exciting: your letter could be transmitted and recreated remotely in seconds.
What did we do before searching the web? We had to use books and libraries.
How did we get about before sat nav? We consulted ancient hieroglyphics called maps (I still do).
I could go on: I recall my excitement at seeing an electronic calculator, a video recorder and colour television for the first time. I can even remember a world in which photocopiers were rare. Now most of these functions are available in pocket size devices.
Gail has just returned from a trip to the Sinai desert, sleeping out under the stars. What mattered was food, water and fire wood (though she did receive a few text messages from me).