Ever wondered what life was like before smartphones?

Ever wondered what life was like before smartphones?
Ah, those old times when the sky was bluer and the snow was whiter... back then, when smartphones (or phones, for that matter) didn't even exist, and in order to talk to someone, you simply had to wave a hand and say "Hi!".

Those times sure ain't coming back; though, who knows, maybe they will? But, the fact is that the way we communicate with one another has vastly changed during the recent years, due to awesome stuff like computers, internet and social networks. Some aspects of it have changed for the better, while others, we guess, for the worse. Like every other thing in this world, the digital revolution has its pros and cons. It gives you the power to connect with others who are on the opposite side of the world, but at the same time cuts the connection with those who are sitting right next to you. (Or, maybe we just need to learn to control that power?)

So, what was life like before people had smartphones? Here's a graphic that tries to tell us just that... and more:


via: Gizmodo

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28 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Sometimes all you need is a nokia 3310...

20. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

+10000000000000000000000000000000

26. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Ah my first phone..the 3310 from Finland.. How convenient and advanced we thought it was. Then the PC became mobile.. Now we use it for everything other than making calls.

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

OMG dat last one made me laugh loudly.. :D

4. ash71ish

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

me too...: : )

21. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

that made me sad...

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

sad but true........LOL

3. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

lol, phonearena, you gave us absolutely no clue about the surprise at the end!

5. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I'm going back 2110.8890.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lol, i could share this on my Facebook page!! The first thing that came on my mind after reading the headline was 'Snakes'. Anyone? :) On a serious note, i think too much excess on gizmos does affect kids growing up. They tend to indulge on technology rather than spend time with friends or nature. Not saying it's bad, but too much is not good...

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Smartphones have changed our modern society. Grandpa really needs to catch up!

16. amirlukmanhisyam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

I think we're the GRANDPArents in the future... lol

8. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

LOL!!! That was hilarious! Funny cartoon, and the "message" is sad but true... I believe that the future of humanity will be something like the concept shown in the movie "Wall-e".

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What was your first phone Ray.S?

18. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Ericsson T10 - built like a tank, gentle like a flower... That was weird, I know. :D

22. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

i had an ericsson for first phone too:D the walkman380, i still have the box but my brother lost it when i lent it to him :(

10. damian88

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

That is just so sad... //Tapped from Samsung Galaxy Nexus

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Very soon kids will ask...grandpa... how were the days when people had smartphones?

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

http://www.mobile88.com/cellphone/Samsung/Samsung-SGH-X620c/photos.asp I just got back to using this Samsung X620C as i sold my nexus and the battery on this phone last 5 days + it bring back some good memories

13. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

lol happy ending..........XD

14. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i'm powering up my Nokia 6275i again...

15. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Grandpa got owned. Lol no ones interested in before smartphone life.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Its crazy how much things have changed. Smartphones really have only been around for what, 10 years? And they really only started taking hold in the past 3-4 years.

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well.. That was pure brilliance

24. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

lol i need nokia 3310

25. Huny707

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I'm using Nokia 1112 and i must say im very happy.

27. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I love the ending! Would've been funnier if the grandpa was also using a fone :P

28. shirtlessrabbit4

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

A wise man once said: "there's no place like 127.0.0.1" reminds me of that, in a more negative interpretation lol

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