Things may have been more difficult, but not all difficulties are bad. On the Internet, you may discover, after a number of wild Google chases, that the restaurant you were hoping to go to has closed, but before the Internet, you would call them on the telephone and either get the message that the phone number no longer exists, or be redirected to another phone number (and perhaps the new restaurant the owners had opened). You might even end up talking to a real person. Or you would just go there and discover that there was a different restaurant in the old location (maybe), and maybe you would try that one and it would become your new favorite restaurant. In any case, you would have gotten out of the house and off your butt.
No, I am not convinced that things were better before the Internet. Some things were easier, but ease also comes with a price.