LOOK: Ruffa Gutierrez waxes nostalgic with throwback photo of her at 6 years old
The boom of the internet and social media upended the way people look at communication, but it also permeated into people’s lifestyles and changed their concept of leisure and entertainment. These days, one would perhaps watch a series on Netflix or go on Twitter to while away the hours, but back when the internet has barely crawled out of its shell, one’s source of amusement manifested in more elementary forms.
Ruffa Gutierrez, now 43 years old, remembers a time when her life didn’t revolve around social media. Gutierrez shared on Instagram last Friday, June 1, a throwback photo of her at six years, dangling upside down on a swing while cheekily smiling at the camera.
“These days, almost everyone spends several hours in a day on social media,” began Gutierrez. “Oftentimes our phone is the first thing we reach for when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we look at before going to bed at night. When there’s no Wi-Fi or signal, it seems like our entire world will fall apart. (AMININ!) (Admit it!).”
These days, almost everyone spends several hours in a day on social media. Oftentimes our phone is the first thing we reach for when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we look at before going to bed at night. When there’s no WiFi or signal, it seems like our entire world will fall apart. (AMININ!🤣) This photo was taken when I was 6 years old growing up in the 80’s. It was just me, my swing and the rattlesnakes at our backyard in Northridge, California where I grew up. The best years of my life. 🌸💫 Can you now imagine living a digital-free life? I welcome your thoughts. 💋 Helloooo June! Im ready for you! #BIRTHDAYMONTH 🎂
Gutierrez further added that the particular photo of her on the swing was taken in their house in Northridge, California back in the 1980s.
“This photo was taken when I was 6 years old growing up in the 80’s,” she recounted. “It was just me, my swing, and the rattlesnakes at our backyard in Northridge, California where I grew up. The best years of my life.”
Netizens were moved by Gutierrez’s reminiscent post as they, too, started to recall some of their bygone memories, such as playing patintero and hopscotch in the streets.
A netizen, Liwanag (@liwanag_68), shared that back in the day, she would only listen to drama on the radio and play in the streets. “Parati naglalaro ng piko, patintero, holen, at syatong. I miss those days na simple lang pangangailangan ng tao.”
(I always played piko, patintero, marbles and syatong. I miss those days when the needs of people are simple.)
“I agree with you @iloveruffag. I remember growing up playing patintero, Chinese garter, langit lupa, and other Filipino games on our street with our neighbors,” shared one Mara (@princessamara).
Another follower also said that despite technology having its advantages, its pitfalls are inescapable as it comes in the name of change.
“Those were happy memories but there are pros and cons to the digital tech and in this world change and progress is inevitable but mostly with a price!” wrote a certain Weiss (@maveweiss). “We have the best childhood experience and memories to treasure for keeps.” JB
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