OK, so what I mean is, when you go into the past, and let’s say you’re 35, you don’t go 35 years into the past from now to when you were born, but 35 years into the past from when you were born. Or would you rather go into the future 35 years from now? So would you rather visit 1942, or 2047? Anyways, you get what I’m asking now I hope. Also, you can come back any time you’d like, but once you choose either the past or future, you can only go into the future, or the past, you can't go to one, then come back and try the other. I'd personally rather go to the future.
Scary that you picked 35, exactly my age, I would have to say the future because it is the unknown, but it would be very interesting to see the WWII in full effect. Although I would have to watch out where I live London was getting squashed by bombs at the time.
btw I wouldn't do either if I had to stay there.
Actually thinking about it I would hope to live to 70 and see what is going to happen in 35years so I will pick 1942 instead. I'll join up and fight the evil hun, it'll be just like COD.
All you'd get in the past is a shitty World War. The future sounds more exciting.
You're telling me seeing the 1950's boom wouldn't be, at the very least, interesting?
Yes. They had shitty robots in the '50s. The future has cooler robots.
Future seems more interesting because we don't know anything about it. Visiting past is also appealing but I would get bored there fast without modern technology.
For the most part I agree, but I'd LOVE to go to the past. While I've not the greatest knowledge of electricity and chemistry, I'd have enough to make a huge difference and bring man kind to the present much faster than had been done. It'd be interesting to see where we'd be if back in the 1500's there were already hydro-electric plants providing warmth and light to the masses; if steam was already providing transportation for goods and people at that time. These are the things I think of when I think of time travel. An ever increasing progress within the same period of time.
If I went to the future, I'd be the equivalent of a bumpkin with no true working knowledge of how things work. I'd be my father with a VCR. Everything would be flashing 12:00 for me which makes me infinitely sad.
This question reminds me of a Louis CK joke.
I still want to go into the future more than the past since we know the past but the future is not as easy to predict. Also you can't mess up the present by changing events in the future so I'll be able to go home after messing about in the future without consequence. The same cannot be said about the past.
@Omega: Wait, how do you know the current house you live in now will be the one in the future? I don't think it can be, unless you lived with your parents and you say "no matter what, do not move, I'll be back in *insert amount of years*". Even then, it's not a sure thing.
18, the past for sure. I don't care about the 70s or anything like that.
I'm talking about times of the Mayans or during when the Egyptians built the Pyramids. I'd love to see the creation of things that we don't fully understand why and especially how they were built.
EDIT: Didn't read the thread, sorry. If it was only 35 years either way, I'd choose future.
@NTM: No I mean't home as in back to the present not home as in my current dwelling. Sorry for the confusion. Or is one of the rules that I have to stay in the future or past unable to return from whence I came? If that's the case I wouldn't go to the future or the past. I have friends and a life and an identity here. In the future or the past I'd have none of that. I'd likely starve to death as a homeless man because if I travelled through time I wouldn't have a social insurance number (social security number) and no permanent residence, things you'd need to be able to get a job.
Though if you could just visit the future/past then you could return to your own time and continue your life all the richer for the experience.
I have little desire to see depression era America (1934 for me). Hell, my grandmother was still a pre-teen so I can't even become my own grandpa. I'd pick the future. I hope to live long enough to see 2054. Flying cars and robot hookers. The future is going to be so sweet.
Unless you're going back at least 100 years, time traveling backwards seems silly. That Quantum Leap guy was always running into trouble.
Hmm I don't know is between having fun (going to the past) or see cool stuff (going to the future) , If I go to the past I could take advantage of my knowledge of the future invest stock in some small companies like Facebook and get even with a few people when they least expected, predect some pretty accurate stuff and make some money in bets (cliche I know) but me traveling to the past might change the future and ruin my plans so I guess I'll rather see cool stuff since I know the future will have them for certain ... I think.
Eventually I am going to go to the future anyways, so I would rather go back to 1970 and set some stuff up for myself to improve my life in the present, and make a more awesome future. Also I don't want to discover something terrible in the future and then not be sure whether or not I can change it because of fate and destiny and whatnot.
So as a 27 year old, I'd be down with going back to '57. I'd honestly rather just skip 7 years & hit 1964 though. That's roughly when music really started get interesting. Man I'd get to see a fuckload of awesome bands live. The Beatles, Stones, get to take in psychedelia in all its glory,bands like Jefferson Airplane, & awesome early Pink Floyd shows, punk as it happens, Black Sabbath in their prime, Zeppelin, Dead Kennedys before they fell out over money, so much potential for cool shit.
I said stay here but after actually reading the question I would go into the past, easily. My music taste is 20 to 30 years before I was born and would've loved to live during that era and not the shitting "punk" wave that hit during my high school years from 03-07, that was tormenting.