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I remember when I was about 10 or 11 years old (a little over 10-11 years ago) was the first time I got internet in my house. We had had a computer for a number of years prior, but one could only play solitaire or CD-rom games. Which to me was the funnest thing. I loved CD-rom games.

I remember when I was around 8 or 9 (2001-2) or so I was urging and begging my parents to get internet. I can't remember why I wanted it so badly or where I even knew about it from.

But the whole idea of it just captivated me, and I wanted it really badly.

So finally they caved in and got dial-up internet back in about 2003-4 or something.

It was so horrible. It took minutes just to connect to the internet before you could even use it. And it made a horrible noise as if it was performing some sort of exorcism.

But at the time I thought it was the coolest thing.

And a while after that we got RoadRunner internet which was way better. This was probably circa 2004 or 5. Definitely prior to 2006 (2006 was a big year for me online).

With the installation of roadrunner in our home, I became a very, very avid internet user. I would spend maybe upwards of 10 hours a day on weekends online. It was my favorite damn thing.

So. . . I can't really say I was a very avid internet user prior to 2004-5 because we had dial-up, and one couldn't really use that avidly because it disrupted the phone system. So one could only use it sparingly.

So I would say around 2004.5 I became avid.

So this is about 10.5 years.

So how long have you been a regular user of the internet?
 

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I got bored.

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I've been a proper hardcore way-too-regular user for only about 5 years.

Before then it was just casual checks on facebook, myspace when it was still a 'thing', and the odd porn website or whatever. I just had other stuff to be doing.

I mean, I'd seen it wayyyyy before then. I remember the dial-up days, MSN, AIM, etc, but it was nothing more than a slight novelty for me.

I'd say from about 20 years of age I started to use it extensively. Some might even say compulsively. So yeah, 5 or 6 years or so.

Benefits of this? Possibly more intelligent as I have easier access to educational resources. Also I think I'm WAY more liberal. I wonder if I would have been the same person if it weren't for the Internet?

I feel like I know most of the world without even having been there. At least in terms of how things look or appear from a 'first impressions' perspective. StumbleUpon is actually what kick-started this for me. Then other documentaries. Then facebook started having viral videos of pretty much everything ever. Etc. Fuck man, the internet has been great, actually. As much as I also hate it for how much time I feel I've wasted...
 

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My regular internet use has proceeded since about 2000, with all the amazement of people who are adults, and has been intense for about five or six years. I know people who are five years younger who have been trolling since the late 90s, so usage may vary.
 
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Since the days of AOL dial-up. Ew.

Oh regular? Well, maybe early 2000's sometime.
 

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Ever since I got my first laptop when I was 13 or so, I think, which is six years ago.
 

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I think I started getting on the internet in 1995, and my first internet service provider was The Pipeline. I remember Netscape Navigator came with the software package. According to Wikipedia, it was one of the earliest ISPs. Then Mindspring came and bought it up not long after, so I automatically became one of their customers. And then I used AOL from time to time later on.
 

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Since I was capable of cognitive thought more than that of a 2 year old. ._.

Not even exaggerating, since about ~4 years old. Albeit I only started venturing to sites other than Youtube and Moshi Monsters about 7 years ago.
 

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We had dialup in the house when I was about 10.
 
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Probably somewhere around 1996 - perhaps as early as 1995. According to Wikipedia, Warcraft II came out December 1995, and it was (aside from Myst, which came with the computer) my first PC game. Forget if we had internet right off the bat, but think we got it not that much longer after we got a computer. It was *at least* 1997, as, according to Wikipedia again, Diablo came out December 1996, and I know I played Diablo online.

Dial-up, of course.

And I do know that, basically the first thing I did when we *did* get the internet was go off and find chatrooms. The concept of a chatroom fascinated me, really looked forward to having conversations with people via text far away from me (while I had absolutely no interest in having verbal conversations with people I knew, go figure). Not precisely sure how, but found mIRC (undoubtedly downloaded via Netscape) and used that for many... many years.

Tried to go back last year... irc is so dead these days. : (

So, kind of the typical '90's internet experience, I suspect - hang out on irc, browse loads of personal sites on geocities (back when we used the term "personal site"... do people still have "personal sites" that aren't just blogs?)... *made* a personal site on geocities (there's a geocities restoration project, btw, which has been unearthing old pages - mine was awful and was poorly trafficked but nonetheless most of it has been restored!). Missed out on Livejournals though, never made one.
 

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I've been using the internet since the late 90s. It's been a long time.. Fucking dial-up. Internet sucked so much back then. hahahahaha I remember when chat rooms were like a big thing back in the day. It was funny. Forget about video. XD

We would be searching pictures all the time and printing them. That was our thing. Well, at least my group of buddies and people at my schools. We printed a lot of dragonball stuff. XD

Do you guys remember the free discs that you would receive through the mail for free trials? I would amass a bunch of those, and once my trial period was over, I would install another one. hahahahaha

AND yes, someone mentioned odd porn sites.... well, I was a horny little kid. XD I mean, porn is used way more nowadays than back then.... you know..... less people back then, a little less technologically savvy.

Edit: We still used Walkmans back in those days when I started using the net. XD
 

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Probably somewhere around 1996 - perhaps as early as 1995. According to Wikipedia, Warcraft II came out December 1995, and it was (aside from Myst, which came with the computer) my first PC game. Forget if we had internet right off the bat, but think we got it not that much longer after we got a computer. It was *at least* 1997, as, according to Wikipedia again, Diablo came out December 1996, and I know I played Diablo online.

It's all about Starcraft man! Beat those Zerg effers.
 

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