Things I've Lost To the Internet: Action & Reaction

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We've been challenged to share our thoughts on Things We Have Lost To the Internet by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES.

Here are a few of the things I've lost:

Chains of restraint:
The biggest thing I have lost to the internet are the shackles that bound me to my home or office. In the pre-internet days, when waiting for a phone call or documents to be delivered, I was stuck at home or in the office. I can go anywhere anytime and know I can send or receive whatever and whenever.

Mental rest:
The internet has created an addiction to constantly being connected. We have so much information coming at us from every direction it's hard to take time for mental rest. When we do have a spare moment, we feel compelled to pick up our smartphone to see what we've missed since we last looked.  We are expected to constantly be connected and that can be exhausting.

Respect for grammar and punctuation: 
I am far from perfect but I try to respect grammar and punctuation. It seems to be a dying skill with abbreviations, acronyms, lack of periods, and other punctuation. It's hard to read messages when a paragraph is one long sentence.  I hate that it's becoming acceptable to disrespect grammar and punctuation.

Apprehension of Traveling Solo:
I would have had a much more difficult time navigating my way around the U.S. on my recent road trip without GPS and the internet. You can't drive AND read a map at the same time unless you have GPS. I also would have had a much more difficult time finding safe places to stay without the internet. It aided me in locating hotels with good reviews when I didn't have a host family to stay with. One of my favorite bonuses of GPS is you can see a visual of the road in inclement weather.

I remember one trip when traveling over the Blue Mountains in Oregon. The fog was so bad I could hardly see the end of my hood let alone the road. When you get in a situation like that you can't just stop or you could get rear-ended. You HAVE to keep going. I turned on my flashers and followed the visual of the roadway on my GPS screen. 

Running to the 1-hour photo:
Remember in the pre-internet days when we were constantly going to the 1-hour photo mat to get pictures for our listings developed? No more. We can order them online and have them delivered to us... or we can just print them out ourselves.

My Encyclopedias:
When I was a kid we had a set of Golden Book encyclopedias but there were a few volumes missing. I always wanted a full set of encyclopedias and when I could afford a set I bought a fancy new set. It was funny because when I told the encyclopedia sales guy that I wanted to buy a set he said I'd need to set up an appointment with the 3 of us... him, my husband and me! I said "H*LL NO, I am buying them now, but if you don't want to sell them to me just say so". He sold them to me. I'm sure it was his easiest sale ever. Somewhere along the line, among our post-internet moves those encyclopedias got donated. I love being able to carry them around in my hands.

I could go on but I won't. The internet has been amazing in so many ways. However, like Newton's Third Law, for every benefit, there are also some negative effects. I'll focus on the good.   

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- Carol Williams

Retired: Real Estate Broker/Owner, Property Manager 
Coaching, goal setting, and marketing consultant

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Comments (20)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

What a wonderful post Carol Williams  I will say freedom rings in this post 

Jan 07, 2022 12:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Love your post Carol.  You made me think of a lot of things I kind of forgot about.  In particular - encyclopedias. The net sure made things easier to find anything. And oh yes, mapping is so  much easier!  I too loved those encyclopedias. My Dad had a set in his office and I loved going in there are doing my homework and looking stuff up.  I even got to sit at his desk when he wasn't at home. Felt important!  LOL


PS loved your story about the clueless sales guy!!

Jan 07, 2022 12:35 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wonderful post, and I liked each paragraph and the way you thought it through.  Wishing you a great weekend.  A

Jan 07, 2022 01:35 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Carol Williams 

The good ole days when we were not shackled to devices, and we spent much more of our time outdoors or simply reading a book – a real book we hold and turn the pages.

GPS is my number one blessing … I could not imagine life today without it.  And traveling long distances … a big no without GPS.

Our encyclopedia is Mr. Google.  Truly amazing, both good and not so good what we can find in an instant on the Internet.


As a co-host, I think you for participating in the January challenge. 

Jan 07, 2022 01:47 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Carol, I do like the convenience of finding information quickly.  Often during the day while I'm working from home there's an episode of The Waltons or Gunsmoke on the TV.  I'm halfway watching and something comes up and I miss the rest.   A few clicks and I can find an episode summary from a fan site.  Want to know where a movie was filmed?  Again, just a couple of keystrokes and I know where they filmed the latest James Bond film opening.

On the other hand, so much from the Internet I could live without too.  I suspect as a country we wouldn't be nearly as divided if we all didn't have such easy access to our own personal echo chambers.  Bill

Jan 07, 2022 02:45 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carol, like you have pointed out, I too think the Internet has aided us in so many things we do today especially travel.

Jan 07, 2022 06:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

There are definitely benefits to the Internet and I'm glad you focused on them. By the way, we grew up with a set of encyclopedias in our home as well. And yes, now we can carry all that information with us no matter where we are.  That's a great improvement!

Jan 08, 2022 05:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carol - this is a good synopsis.  Well-done.  

Jan 08, 2022 05:43 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

"Google it" has become the new way of running for an encyclopedia. Love how we can get an answer right away. I enjoyed reading this Carol, and like you, I also focus on the positive. 

Jan 08, 2022 07:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol Williams ,

A great entry into the January challenge! I remember my encyclopedias. To write a paper it took lots of research and you really needed your own set or you'd be at the library!

Jan 08, 2022 08:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I can certainly relate to virtually all of your points, Carol. I still do not read on-line... if it's more than a few paragraphs, I print it. And I read "real" books not a kindle. As for spelling and punctuation... those are disciplines I do not let go of and I will admit to being more than a little judgmental when I see people who slack off on those.

Jan 08, 2022 08:53 AM
Aura Alex
Co-Founder, CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Transaction Management Services

I remember the time before GPS - I would print every direction from Mapquest when I showed houses. I would plan every showing in sequence based on locations. God forbid when the buyer would ask to see homes that we didn't agree on at the tour's outset. I would get lost and feel so embarrassed! Driving around and showing homes under pressure was not my thing! Thank you, Carol Williams for pointing this out!

Jan 08, 2022 12:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carol:

This was a fun read and so right on target. There are negatives to the Internet for sure, but oh, so many positives. Some of that depends on perspective!

Enjoy your weekend!


Jan 08, 2022 04:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Carol- I love all of the things that the internet and today's technology can do for us. And as you pointed out...imagine what your trip would have been like without the internet or technology. And yes to Liz and Bill Spear...besides loving The Waltons, I like being able to Google to find out when something was filmed or where a star is today. 

Jan 08, 2022 05:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm so with you - I'll focus on the positive, Carol! Loved and can totally relate to each and every one of your points. In fact, just today, I was discussing with someone that I'm so thankful for my photographer's digital camera. I'm thrilled not to have to run to the drug store to get my pics developed! 

I loved the simpler times but, as long as we don't go down the many rabbit holes that are out there for us, we can put it to good use. There are many luxuries to having the internet - including giving us more time to spend face-to-face with our clients and less time on the minutiae! 

Jan 08, 2022 06:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol, so funny I just popped in on your Post and looks like the Encyclopedia resonated with me... those guys were hard sellers... I remember in 1968 my father was getting beat up by the salesman for not buying the entire set for his 'son', Endre

Jan 09, 2022 12:05 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a great list! That foggy driving experience of yours gave me chills!

I had a favorite aunt that I miss dearly, and she used to say "I'm a big girl now" when she got through something difficult. I thought of her and thought that is what she would have said to you...."you're a big girl now, Carol!"

Jan 12, 2022 07:07 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carol Williams - what a great reflection of the times and how life changed as a result of the INTERNET. Funny, when power goes out (which rarely happens) I'm never really lost without it and I enjoy doing other things. And the silence is beautiful!

Jan 17, 2022 06:21 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I so remember having to wait for the photos to be developed. As a REALTOR you need to learn how to juggle and prioritize with so much coming at us!

Jan 17, 2022 11:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can see how this has freed up your life Carol. I hope you are having an awesome Thursday 🙂

Jan 20, 2022 06:57 PM