How The World Worked Before Social Media

Sometimes it is hard to imagine how we functioned without our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. Whenever I head out to explore a new city, I hit up Yelp or Chowhound to figure out where to eat. I use my GPS to navigate unfamiliar places. I don’t remember very many phone numbers anymore, because I have them all close at hand in my phone. When I want to read a book, I can download it. When I need to research something, I don’t need to head to the library. 

We’ve come a long way, and the cute graphic below by artist John Atkinson of the Wrong Hands blog shows us what social media looked like before it was actually social media. Think of it as ‘vintage’ social media. This is how we learned and connected in the days before the world was at our fingertips. Enjoy!


1 Comment

  1. Ryan S

    May 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Technology and education have definitely come a long way :) Social media really has changed the way I teach math in the classroom, and your graphic really reminds me of how things used to be.

    I really love how social media can foster connections in the math classroom that were not possible in the past. One of my favorite resources is a free math site called that integrates some great real-world applications for all types of math. Students can create their own challenges that incorporate math, solve those of others, earn badges, be part of a larger community of kids using math, and more.

    Instead of working on math problems in isolation, my students not only finding connections to their own lives but also can connect with others. The site also has a premium version where students get personal mentoring and smart quizzes that explain the steps if students get stuck. Users get a free trial if they enter the code “dimentor2better”.

    Thanks for posting this great graphic :)