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Poll: What aspect of the pre-digital era do you miss the most?
  • 7.5% - Phone booths 155
  • 10% - Waiting until your photos are developed to see how they turned out 206
  • 4.2% - Analog TV: test patterns, snow, sign-offs, rooftop aerials, etc. 86
  • 61.1% - Being unreachable by phone or anything else 1257
  • 16.3% - I don't miss any of that crap 335
  • 0.9% - Something else I'll tell you about in this newfangled discussion forum 19
2058 votes

Well, how do you fare compared to the Zeitgeist? Chat up your fellow wooters and let us know how lame this poll was or what obvious choices we missed. For example: Was this poll a) STUPID, b) DUMB, c) POINTLESS or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE?

emitstop


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The pre-digital age? I don't remember that.

equazcion


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I HATE the sound of my own cell phone ringing.

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bdsmonkey


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prank calls! definitely more difficult these days! (although I probably wouldn't want to anymore. but if I did want to, I probably couldn't!)

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equazcion wrote:I HATE the sound of my own cell phone ringing.



Second.

Gatzby


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Ooh, prank calls are good, but I went with the television option. I do miss the late night sign off from the local channels, or the midnight movie. Cleveland had a pretty long tradition with Big Chuck and Little John showing crappy movies at night. The ritual of it all was kind of nice.

I do kind of miss going to pick up photos, but I sure don't miss the smell of developing chemicals.

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CharlesP2009


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I actually miss analog TV service. I got all my channels, most with a very good picture via my rabbit ears. Now if I want to watch channels 10-45 I have to adjust the darn antennas to keep the picture from freezing up or not coming in at all. HD is nice, but the digital broadcasts are annoying at times.

I refuse to get cable or satellite because it's a freakin' rip off and I won't watch 98% of the channels. Give me a la carte HD service. 99 cents per channel, per month! All I want is History, Discovery, Gameshow, my local stations, and a handful of others.

Skanning


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I miss those big old cars - well, they were new back then - where the backseat was like a living room sofa...Ford Galaxy was one. Those cars had such a smooth ride. They were solid, heavy, and...well, gas hogs lol I loved it.

Oh, yeah...and if you bought a used car, you could never trust the odometer as they could be rolled back. Now, thanks to the digital age, I understand that they cannot be "adjusted". Now, that development I cannot find fault with.

hogfatt


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Skanning wrote:I miss those big old cars - well, they were new back then - where the backseat was like a living room sofa...Ford Galaxy was one. Those cars had such a smooth ride. They were solid, heavy, and...well, gas hogs lol I loved it.

Oh, yeah...and if you bought a used car, you could never trust the odometer as they could be rolled back. Now, thanks to the digital age, I understand that they cannot be "adjusted". Now, that development I cannot find fault with.



How about not having seat belts in those giant back seats? I miss no seat belts.

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iamjared


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hogfatt wrote:How about not having seat belts in those giant back seats? I miss no seat belts.



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chalion


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equazcion wrote:I HATE the sound of my own cell phone ringing.



I always mute my cell phone.........oh wait, that's the off button.


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mpez0


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*Dialing* a telephone using the on-hook switch.

Milfcny


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The thing I miss is being able to take a photograph and not have every female in the room demand the camera be handed over to them immediately so they can see the picture.

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bdsmonkey wrote:prank calls! definitely more difficult these days! (although I probably wouldn't want to anymore. but if I did want to, I probably couldn't!)

Yeah, caller-id & *69 really killed prank phone calls. I did have fun calling back pranksters with *69 though. LOL.

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j-o-h-n


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I miss the time when people spent the time behind the wheel driving.

It seems to me that we still HAVE phone booths, they just have 4 wheels and kill people now.

Higher prices AND crappier blanks, no thank you

hangard


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Being from Wisconsin, with winter and all - The thing I miss the most is cars with a carburetor and its choke. Press twice on the pedal before starting to 'set' the choke. Then 'feather' the pedal to get it to run. Now dash to the house to warm up. Listen close because as soon as the engine starts to warm its gonna run fast, too fast. Another dash to the car to 'kick down the idle' and let your engine live another day. The option was to drive with a cold engine and endure sputters and spits and whatever else....

Digital Fuel Injection and Electronic Engine Control has got to be one of the best things ever about the digital age!

PenDancer


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I miss uninterrupted, face-to-face conversations - the quiet focus of flowing ideas, thoughtful pauses, eye contact and emotional connection.

totally non-electronic, totally human.

CaptRobThePirate


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j-o-h-n wrote:I miss the time when people spent the time behind the wheel driving.

It seems to me that we still HAVE phone booths, they just have 4 wheels and kill people now.



LOL! I totally agree.

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libertybelle


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i do miss being unreachable - but I also miss the excitement and anticipation of getting photos back after a week or so. I have fond memories of my mom and I racing out of the store and sitting in the K-Mart parking lot to look at our photos.

profauck


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Hacking the phone system to make free long distance calls.

Changing the needle on my Victrola.

Worrying about the RIAA learning that I own a tape recorder.

JoeJitsu


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I miss the "disconnectedness" of the past, but when I go camping with my son's Scout troop I can get it all back again. Lack of cell coverage FTW!

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Kabraham


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Music on MTV.

And when television shows actually featured actors. (Pre-Reality TV)

wazzitallmean?


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I miss the sense of distance between myself and events in the world. We knew of happenings, but not as they happened. I think that made processing things easier. We are bombarded with so much information these days, most of it either ads or Jatravartid crap.

jro2020


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i miss just being able to go swimming without having to worry about ruining thousands of dollars worth of electronics or assuming they will be stolen

EdgeTrigger


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The technology for the most part is fun, interesting and useful. It's the way information is used to undermine privacy, there are no boundaries anymore.

lutherann


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Milfcny wrote:The thing I miss is being able to take a photograph and not have every female in the room demand the camera be handed over to them immediately so they can see the picture.



I work with kids and they always want to see the picture as soon as I've taken it... of anything. I realized the other day that they'll never have experienced waiting for, well, anything. I usually refuse to show them the pictures. Someone's gotta teach them not to expect instant gratification all the time!

lutherann


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I miss when you would see kids in restaurants paging through picture books from home instead of playing on an iPad because their parents don't want to interact with them.

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Rooftop aerials are not a thing of the past!
I have a sweet one on my roof that lets me get lots of stations I could not get with the "rabbit ears".
An antenna is just a piece of metal, and no matter what the format of the information (analog/digital), you still need something for the electromagnetic waves to hit.

virgilcaine


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I miss the absence of attacks on the English language by media that encourage poor grammar and spelling. For a bit of wry humor on this topic, see this recent derby entry over at Shirt.Woot.

Assassin15


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lutherann wrote:I miss when you would see kids in restaurants paging through picture books from home instead of playing on an iPad because their parents don't want to interact with them.



That actually makes me really sad. In fact, one night I saw this kid at a restaurant playing a game on the iPad. He played the SAME 10 seconds of a racing game literally ALL night: drive for 10 seconds, fall off a bridge, repeat. For like 2 hours. If you're gonna spend 500-800 bucks on a kid, why not get something that might perhaps help his brain?

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tiler100


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I was late in getting my cell phone. In fact, it happened in April of 2000. I miss the fact that every new phone number that was important to me prior, I memorized. I still remember some of those numbers and had around 50 - 60 memorized.

I miss memorizing telephone numbers. I haven't memorized a new number since I've had a cell phone.

RWoodward


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Please note: Cell phones have an "off" button.

chaospearl


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I miss when the biggest problems in my life involved the relative social status of various seats on the school bus. I have diaries from when I was around 10 yrs old and this was something that concerned me and my friends greatly. What I wouldn't give for that to be my worst fear again.

aausterm


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I have a SLR camera and I still take photos with a 40ish year old film camera because they are just a better quality so I don't know if voting for "Waiting until your photos are developed to see how they turned out" is actually allowed for me?

gliberatore1


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PenDancer wrote:I miss uninterrupted, face-to-face conversations - the quiet focus of flowing ideas, thoughtful pauses, eye contact and emotional connection.

totally non-electronic, totally human.



Well said.

trend53


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hogfatt wrote:How about not having seat belts in those giant back seats? I miss no seat belts.



Didn't need seat belts, those things were built like tanks. No plastic in the body at all.

PocketBrain


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Analog tv. Broadcast tv died the day it transitioned to digital. And digital certainly doesn't live up to its potential.

Rango


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I was walking past a used bookshop the other day that had an atlas in the window. I miss the pre internet maps days when you had an atlas. I remember spending hours looking at placenames and wondering what they was like.

cherrymm


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I forgot about phone booths. Where does Superman change now?

weslinder


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I miss kick-start Harley-Davidsons. Not because I want one, I'm fine with my Suzuki. But if a Harley took 40 kicks to start and a tune-up every week, there wouldn't be 5000 lawyers, doctors, and retirees rubbing grease on themselves and riding down to the bar every Saturday.