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Always computer and console games, even today, and before that, shockingly, reading.

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Television, radio, books, newspaper

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2 ( +9 / -7 )

Star Wars, GI Joe and model planes. then Warhammer 40,000 and other games from Games Workshop when we grew older. Listening to music, Library, adventures on bikes. 9 hole golf, karate...

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Books, books, more books, writing, playing cards and board games, playing whiffle ball, and then, for something different, I read another book.

Then robo-calls killed the landline.

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have conversations (remember those?), books, magazines, movies, play an instrument, go places, see things, eat, drink and be merry.

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Books, magazines and newspapers. A bit of TV in the evening.

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Arcades, TV, movies, bike rides, building huts in the "jungle" across the river. Was never at a loss for things to do, especially when with my friends. These days, a lot of what we did would get parents a stern warning for lack of responsible supervision.

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I didn't have a cell phone for the first fifteen years of this century. Business forced it in the end. Also having family in other countries. My smartphone screen time is low. Read many more books.

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I read books. Now I can also read books on my phone when I am out and about, which is more convenient than carrying heavy paper books.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Checked my screentime for last week. 30 minutes per day.

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I read a lot, drew a lot, tried doing wheelies on my bicycle, painted Warhammer miniatures for a bit and played a lot of 象棋 with my dad.

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Waited forever for a single picture to download using Persian Kitty

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Like most comments. I read. Books, magazines, newspapers and comics.

saw more tv but then tv stil had a certain quality in part.

I still read as much books today as I did then. More classics now. Newspapers and magazines lost a lot of quality and are ridiculously expensive. My tv only as screen for dvd’s ( yes, I still use those) and I listen more to cd’s again. ( cd’s) and enjoy my 1964 B&O record player. Mostly 1960 to 1990 music.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Looking back in time and to another country/life...

Books. Playstation gaming through generations 1 and 2, we had a crew that would come over for games nights. Dinner parties with themed dress up. Trips to the Cinema.

...and of course Pubs and live music.

Gone from that list now are Pubs, Dinner parties and the Playstation got replaced by PC gaming. Hahaha!

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Reading, meeting friends, dancing, drinking, smoking and , oh wait, the rest can't be written or admitted anymore nowadays. lol

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Spent a bit more time watching TV. Read magazines, listened to records or tried recording songs on the radio with my cassette player microphone without the DJ getting in the way. Also rode my bike places and had hot sauce drinking contests with friends.

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Spending most of my money on alcohol, drugs and women. And wasting the rest.

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Well there's a difference between a "cell phone" which could only be used to telephone someone or send SMS texts, and today's Smartphones (Apple/Android etc) that can do just about anything.

Back when I only had a cellphone (first with antena then flip), I'd be on my PC opening up my Trumpet Winsock and Netscape to get to AOL Webcrawler, listening to the ding-dong-ding of my US Robotics 56k modem. At least until I got ISDN. Was quite a thrill pushing my Pentium 75 PC.

Definitely spent more time watching TV on the brown tube SONY Trinitron TV since the "internet" wasn't quite as developed as today. And yea, listened to my vinyl records.

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Studying to join the Priesthood

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餓死鬼Today  01:05 pm JST

I read a lot, drew a lot, tried doing wheelies on my bicycle, painted Warhammer miniatures for a bit and played a lot of 象棋 with my dad.

I think you mean 将棋. Unless there's some game involving elephants that I'm not aware of.

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I think you mean 将棋. Unless there's some game involving elephants that I'm not aware of.

I would like to give shogi a try, though I have yet to learn the game. However, I can play Chinese chess.


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Computer programming as a hobby, then became a job. Reading. Making wooden models of sailing ships like Cutty Sark and Victoria. Now, not much changed... I do not use the Smartphone for gaming only for Internet when away from my PC, shopping, and Smart Home management.

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Music and books. My Walkman and then Discman were my prized possessions as was my extensive tape and CD collection. I spent a lot of time browsing record stores with friends and haunting my local library.

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Read more books.

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My good old DELL and still is, Bike, movie theater, friend and family.

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Read books, lots of books, played in my orchestral, played in my local band, and various instruments, went clubbing a lot.

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Never experienced life without the presence of a cell phone.

I have flashbacks to childhood/pram viewing, my father shouting into breeze block with an aerial, my first words were "you are breaking up".

Face to face, a world of paperbacks, newspapers people had to unfold like sheets. Crossword puzzles that actually required ink to fill out.

60/70 cafes with juke boxes, and coffee you could taste for weeks, teaming with a youth culture long forgotten.

All passed me by.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

watched movies on the VCR, talked to my friends on a landline, and went out and hung out with friends as well as worked out.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Read books, magazines, and convos with friends under the shade of a tree...

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Video games and TV... I would loved to say "go out with friends" but that did not happend until I was in College. Highschool years were basically, do homework, study, play video games and watch tv.

Reading is a thing a start doing when I was alredy an adult...

What can I say... I only have 5 friends and all of them live 16,000 km away.

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What is this down time you refer to? I was either in school, studying, playing and talking with friends, watching TV, doing chores, reading, playing by myself or siblings, traveling with the family, sleeping, or playing little league baseball poorly.

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Just the same as I do now by and large.

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I hardly ever use my phone. If you mean pre-internet, then computer games, gardening, stamp collecting and reading. Now I use the net to support my gardening and stamp collecting, no longer play computer games (as I am now (well) past puberty) and read less as my eyesight is declining.

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I had PC, so except the social media, same I was doing now.

For music, I had a small music player which I kept with me everywhere.

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