Photos of Time Before The Invention of That Grossly Antisocial Device: The Smartphone

We’ve all heard our parents say it: “Look up from your phone every once in a while”, “Hey, talk to me don’t text”, “Why are you being so anti-social on your phone?” They claim that in the good old days everything was different…

Vintage subway photo.

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People reading newspapers.

JFK assassination reported by newspapers.

People reading morning newspapers.

Vintage photo of people reading the newspapers.

Older generations were SO antisocial OMG!

Life before smartphones.

Good old days before iPhones.

At least they are not using antisocial smartphones!

At least they're not looking at their phones, right?

Getting the news in the old days.

Good old days before iPhones.

Real human interaction.

At least they are not using smartphones, right?

Good old days when people really talked with each other.

Those great days before smartphones...

The good old days before evil smartphones.

Don't you miss the old days before smartphones ruined human interaction?

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  1. hmmmmm.... December 5, 2018

    Sorry but this doesn’t really prove anything about the ‘good old days’ before cell phones. People are not usually social on the Subway. I don’t see any photos of people sitting around the dinner table or at a bar or nice restaurant. There is one that’s at a diner or something, but there are people there actually being social by sharing a newspaper.

  2. Anonymous December 5, 2018

    What these photos show is what people do when they are not interested in talking to others before the invention of the cell phone. People do similar things now with the addition of surfing the internet on your phone. The only difference is that back then, when you wanted to talk to someone, you physically talked to them in person, or called them on your phone. Now, so many people text instead of talking. It’s convenient in some ways, but it takes away from the emotion and expression behind in-person interaction. In other words, you text and you’re only getting half the story.

  3. mike December 5, 2018

    Sorry but this doesn’t really prove anything about the ‘good old days’ before cell phones. People are not usually social on the Subway. I don’t see any photos of people sitting around the dinner table or at a bar or nice restaurant. There is one that’s at a diner or something, but there are people there actually being social by sharing a newspaper.

    ^Ridiculous.

  4. Anonymous December 5, 2018

    Notice how many of those pictures feature newspapers with MAJOR HEADLINE EVENTS (like the president’s assassination) where of course everyone was going to be glued to the page. But in general, most people don’t want to talk to strangers, that hasn’t changed. Show me “olden days” pictures of families ignoring each other at the dinner table, or couples ignoring each other on dates, or people multitasking while at the theater or watching TV…Oh wait, I don’t think that was the norm until recently…

  5. John December 5, 2018

    Notice the headlines. These photos were largely taken on days of momentous news, when EVERYONE was reading the paper. Today, we are constantly entranced by our phones, but usually it’s about inane cat memes.

  6. Hugh Joergen December 5, 2018

    You don’t see anyone driving a car while they’re staring at a newspaper.

  7. Anonymous December 5, 2018

    This article seems to have touched a nerve…

  8. Baron Fakepoop December 5, 2018

    who cares

  9. Daniel December 5, 2018

    My main takeaway is that people dressed better in the past

  10. Anonymous December 5, 2018

    Ian had a look and it reminded him of catching red trains home and people reading theot newspapers, falling asleep and counting the stops in their sleep and getting off at the right station like a robot

  11. Tinfoil Timmy December 5, 2018

    There is a much more sinister implication in these photos. Namely, look how many thin people there are. What happened to them all? I suspect McDonald’s has been kidnapping skinny folks and making them into Big Macs. I have no proof of this, but isn’t it obvious?

  12. Anonymous December 6, 2018

    It’s nice how you can read the news on your phone now without having to open out a newspaper into everyone else’s space.

  13. Mr Crimson December 6, 2018

    People today aren’t wearning enough hats!

  14. Baby Jane December 7, 2018

    My conclusion: People dressed (a lot) better, had better posture, didn’t try to take up multiple seats on the subway.

  15. Anonymous December 11, 2018

    Notice how the people are reading newspapers. News. Not playing candy crush, instagramming their lips/meals/dog/boyfried. They are interested in the world that is larger than their ego.

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