Not to mention how annoying that modem sound was when you picked up the phone. When children of the 90s first got in-home internet access, it was a novel and exciting concept.
Finally, a relatively captive audience with whom to share our innermost thoughts, dreams, and anonymous flirtations.
Users formed full-fledged online relationships with people they had never even met.
Sure, in real life you may have been a Dungeons and Dragons playing loner with duct-taped glasses, but online you could be the suave AOL romeo you'd always dreamed of being. It's going date us immensely when we someday tell our children of plugging a common search term in a search engine and having zero results, but we'll know that we were the true online pioneers.
I imagine parents everywhere would have been pretty uneasy to find that their young children were being approached online with the request to "cyber", but again, these were different times.
Very few people had considered the notion of troubling internet connections, we were too enthralled by its exciting possibilities to see any danger in letting children loose into chatrooms with a slew of card-carrying NAMBLA members and known sex offenders.
Mind you, this was years before Chris Hansen was popping in to offer you a seat while the decoy internet teen went to go check on the hot tub.
There was no catching of predators, no online policing, just pure, unadulterated dangerous fun.
Cheating our sexting chatters are not allowed in our website.
Yahoo has shut down its user-created chat rooms after a TV station reported that some of them were being used by adults to promote sex with minors.
Words like "modem failure" and "inability to connect" haunted us, forcing us to redial and redial until finally we could enter our glorious online community.
At our house, there were three potential modem phone numbers with which to reach the internet, and we'd frantically alternate between our options, forever seeking a signal. No sooner than we'd heard that familiar robotically enthusiastic declaration "You've Got Mail!
I don't know about you, but this was a great source of fun for my pals and I as children.