When I was a little girl, the two telephones in our house were connected to the wall with a cord. If one of the phones stopped working, a man came to the house and repaired it, because it belonged to the telephone company. And not only was there no such thing as caller ID, there was no call waiting. So if you were on the phone and someone else tried to call, the person calling got a busy signal and had to try again later. And answering machines were a business machine, not something people had in their homes. If someone called when we weren't home (or while we were eating dinner), the phone went unanswered. And we actually had to pay by the minute to call someone who lived more than a few miles away from us.
I didn't have a cell phone until I was a working adult and could pay for the service myself. At first, I was limited to the number of minutes I could talk each month without paying enormous overage fees, and there was no such thing as texting.
I can remember when there were only a handful of television stations. And we always found something worth watching. Late at night, the stations would sign off until the next morning. And once cable was available, there were still less than 20 stations to watch. MTV played music videos. Yes, the "M" stands for music.
If I wanted to watch a movie at home, the family would watch whatever was being shown on network television, with commercial breaks and edited content. Later, when I was in junior high, we had HBO. One HBO, not 8, and no other movie channels. Some people paid a lot more money every month to get one or two other movie channels. When I was in 8th grade, our family got a VCR and we were able to tape television shows and rent movies at the store. we had to rewind the tapes when they were over and return them to the store.
If we needed to check the weather, we had to either call a weather line or wait for the weather report on the local news. It was normal to see people to carrying a jacket and or an umbrella with them, as sometimes, you weren't sure what the forecast was.
My first computer had a cassette drive and really neat games like pong. Actually, pong may have been the only game. I had to share the computer with my brother and sister and it hooked up to the television set.
The Internet wasn't around when I was a kid. By the time I was in college, I had an email account through my school and was able to connect to a BBS in Mississippi. When I got my first job, I shared a computer with a couple of other people in my office and we used it for word processing and graphics programs. We didn't have email at work, and would print documents and fax or mail them and save files to disks and overnight them when necessary.
My first internet connection at home was through the telephone company. The monthly fee gave us a limited number of minutes of connectivity, and I had to use my home telephone line to dial up and manually sync up my email to see if I had new messages. Sometimes it took several minutes for a page to render or a file to download, and I sat there and waited. I would usually connect to the internet, download my email messages, go off line to read them and reply, then reconnect to send my replies. There was no such thing as spam, and I would only check my email a few times each week.
I'm sure I could go on, but I can already see those big green eyes rolling at me. :)