There was the Outernet.
This graphic needs no explanation, I think:
The benefits we’ve gained through Internet and cell phone technologies are incalculable. But it could also be said that some of our resulting losses—the human qualities and activities displaced (temporarily or permanently) by these technologies are also incalculable.
What are ways that you have found to continue lifestyle choices of a simpler time? Things such as interacting with people in real time face-to-face or of engaging in activities together as a unit instead of together in name only while each person lives in their own separate world (“alone together”)?
Of course, all new technology displaces what came before it, and occasionally the loss of what existed prior to a particular technology is quickly recognized. When that happens, ways of keeping the best of both worlds (or at least what is tolerable in both worlds!) can often emerge.
What kinds of boundaries—if any—are helping you transition between or comfortably co-exist within both a virtual world and the more tangible, traditional, pre-Internet and pre-cell-phone world?