How old were you when you first know Internet?

China
April 23, 2009 4:15am CST
Hi friends. I think i was 15 or 16 years old when i frist got to know internet. At that time, i did not know blog yet, all i did was going to the chat room, chat with the stranger from all over the place, then we became friends. Because i did not have a computer back then, so we have to send letters to each other and became pen friends. I has to go the internet bar to go online and chat with my friends. It sounds crazy, but it's true. So, How old were you when you first know internet? And what did you do? Please do share with us.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
23 Apr 09
It took a bit of math on my part to figure it out but I was 31 when I first used the internet...the year was 2000. It was also the year I met my Hubby. I'm self taught and actually had fun learning it...a lot of trial and error. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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• China
23 Apr 09
Hello Twoey, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You self taught yourself about internet and computer skill, wow,,,that's great! I got to learn computer and internet better when i went to college, we have a computer class actually teach us how to start and log in the computer properly.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Jun 09
When I got my first pc, I asked my brother to show me two things: how to turn it off and on, and how to get on and off the internet...trial and error for all the rest. You made me remember too that my cousin went to a year long college class to learn computer programming, won awards and entered compitions...then she calls me up one day and asked me how to do html. I told her I thought you went to college for this...she says well I did but they didn't teach us html...html is pretty basic stuff for a computer programmer. I'm self taught and don't know much about it but then I'm not a pc programer either LOL [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@guozehua (60)
• China
23 Apr 09
in 2000,when I'm eight years old ,but I first surfing in the internet when I was 14 years old.I have my first computer last year when I'm 17 years old.Internet has change our life a lot.I will be more different in years.
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• China
24 Apr 09
So you are 18 years old now? Good age! You should use the best advantage of internet to extend your knowledage. I know you will do so. Good job!
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• Philippines
23 Apr 09
I am 30 years old now and I am aware of the internet already around 1995 but that time its being used in other countries like in the US. Internet was introduced to my country a few years after that which was in year 2000. I started using the internet in 2001 when internet cafes became available in my country. I was 21 years old that time and going to graduate in college.
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• China
23 Apr 09
Hello Sophie, Thanks for responding my discussion. I think most of us start getting to know internet from the internet cafe as computer is very expensive back then. We are lucky that we now have our own computer and laptop, some even have more than 1!
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• Philippines
23 Apr 09
i probably knew internet probably in 5th grade, even though its embarrassing cause im only 21. but it's true. I looked totally stupid when i set up my first email account in an internet cafe, and people back then were really patient with their dial-up connection. we only use prepaid cards here before to have a connection.
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• China
23 Apr 09
The same here, we used prepaid card and go to the internet cafe to go online. I am still using the first email address i sent up. I think it look cute though.
• India
23 Apr 09
I was in high school when I first became aware of something called the internet. My age was around 15 I guess .... it was the year 1999 when all sorts of catastrophic articles started coming up about the Y2K problem we were going to face as we approached the year 2000. That time reading some article published in some daily I became familiar what an internet was. I used to live in a small town and till that time wide availability of internet was not there in our town. Only a few offices used to have them and that too was a very slow dial up modem connection. My first seeing the internet web page was when I wanted to check my results of the engineering entrance examination after high school. A shop was there which was taking Rupees 10( 20 cents approx) and telling the results by checking it from the internet ...... to print it was another 25 cents. That's the first website I had seen. My first hand usage only came when I was in college. And after that as everybody else I too got caught in this powerful world wide web.
• China
23 Apr 09
Hi, we are about the same age to know about internet. But i was in middle school at that time. I saw there is another discussion talking about what will we do without computers and internet? What will be world become? i should say, we still can live, it's just that the life will slow down, because with the help of internet, everything goes faster and faster, without it, slow down our life. I think i might be happy to see that because we are too busy to enjoy life sometimes.
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@ColinYang (193)
• Australia
23 Apr 09
HAHAHA! I'm 13 years old and I was using it since I was 7! This is funny! No wonder I wear glasses!
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• China
23 Apr 09
You must be a smart kids then. Good side and bad side always exsit in the same thing. You are 13 and you have your glass on, i am 25, and my eyes still in good shape. You need to take care of your eyes and stay away from the computer, don't play games too much per day!
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@peace001 (727)
• China
23 Apr 09
when I knew the internet first I was 17 or 18 years old,in that time I feeled that the internet is so supernatural that I can not understand it.but now I have a computer myself,I think it is so common,how fast the internet develop!
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• China
23 Apr 09
Exactly Peace. Back at then, when internet is not yet popular, we are so envy those who knows internet. But now, even 9 years old kids knows about internet.
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@chaselee (240)
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
I'm not sure when I started using the internet but I think I was 17 yrs old. I started using the internet as a way to research for assignments, projects, etc. Later on I learned that I can talk to people from all over the world so I started chatting and got hooked to it for several years. Now logging to the internet is a daily routine because I am also getting my income online.
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• China
23 Apr 09
Hi Chaselee, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I log in internet every day, not only to mylot but also read news. It seems internet has become part of our daily life.
@wavelander (1530)
• Portugal
23 Apr 09
I was around 16/17 years old, this means it was 15 years ago.
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• China
23 Apr 09
Haha,,,that means you are 31 year old now? Nice ages for man!
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• Philippines
24 Apr 09
I was 16, I just graduated from Highschool when I found out about the internet. I had seen some of my classmates talking about online games and where can they rent a computer so I got curious and I go with them and there I discover the net. There is no You Tube back then. My first friendster was Myspace.
• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Grecychunny, I guess we are from different country. I am from China, i don't know about friendster nad myspace, we have QQ and some forum to chat about thinks. The frist few questions we started was alway, where are you from? How old are you? Which class are you in? Simple quesiton like that as we were not good at typing back at that time.
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
I am from the Philippines. Nice to have a friend from China, anyways are the actress? Vivien Chen?
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@user_786 (1338)
23 Apr 09
i was about 15 when i heard about the internet. did not know much about it when heard about it first. thought it was very expensive thing (which actually was) and thought it is just made up of several hundred websites but later i realized it has millions of websites in it. :)
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi User_786, yes, go to the internet cafe at the beginning is really expensive, i think i spent all the money i have for my breakfast. lol
@user_786 (1338)
24 Apr 09
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@threnos (216)
• Canada
25 Jun 09
I think I was about 18 or 19. I'm 30 years old so I had survived without it for a few years. My first experience was at my local public library that had one very slow computer stationed near the middle of the room. You had to book time, usually about 15 minutes. My sister tried it first and then I tried it some weeks later. Once again it was pretty slow and the printer was also not very good. Any pictures printed out pretty well looked like connect the dots. However, when the library updated both my sis and I became hooked. They also got a new printer which helped.
• China
26 Jun 09
Haha,,,nice experienced. I think the computer was slow before, now thanks to the hign teach, it's getting faster and faster.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
20 Jun 09
I was eighteen years old when i first came to know about internet.That time i just had a dialup connection.I would just make my own hotmail id and daily keep checking those mails.I would also see a news site and play in contests over there.I also used to download games and play when i used to feel bored.When i joined college i used the internet for chatting with friends about notes and practicals.
• China
23 Jun 09
Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Have a great day!
@Rustinas1 (440)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Good question and what a brain thinker for me. My son is 15 now and I've used the internet since before he was even born. I've been using computers pretty much since they've been around and affordable to buy. About 18-19 years I would say. I wasn't quite 20 and first place where I have used them was right in high school. The course was Introduction to Business. The first two years we used typewritters then, oh yes I remember, in my Junior year, 1988 was when I had the priviledge of using one and loved them since. I did have a period of about two years, when my son was born until he was almost 2, where I did'nt have or use a computer. Actually ended up selling mine at the time, we needed the money more at that time. A long time for me.
• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Rustinas. Thanks for responding my discussion. We've been through the tough time of our generation. What is going to happen in the future, we don't know. I understand back at that time. Money for the family is more important than a computer or knowing internet.
@tschu8 (136)
• United States
24 Apr 09
I would say I was about 26 when I first started. I was home pregnant with my youngest son and decided to buy a computer for something to do when I was out of work. Now that son is 8 and he has been pretty good on the internet since he was 5. He can look up anything and is pretty good on internet. They start them so young in schools these days. He started learning computers and internet is kindergarden. I was surprised recently when he needed to get a list of facts on NY and he went on the computer on his own and wrote a whole page of facts that he got off the internet.
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Tschu, You must be so proud of him, such a smart boy! I wish i can have computer to play and learn with when i was 5. When i was 5, i don't even know what a computer is i guess. Maybe you son knows about computer since he is in your body.LOL
@herrygs (133)
• Indonesia
24 Apr 09
knowing internet for the first the time at 1996, when I was 17 years old. I have to learn it for communicating with member of family who live in Netherland while I'm in Indonesia. With e-mail I can save a lot of money cause I don't have to buy poststamp or make a direct call. I believe SMS is not familiar at that time.
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Herrygs, Thanks for responding my discussion. It's a smart idea to communicate with your family through internet. Nowadays, you can have mircophone and video to show yourself when you are online. That's a good stuff that internet give us. I still have to say, thanks for the internet!
@cahyorini (315)
• Indonesia
24 Apr 09
Hi, I know the internet from my boyfriend and now his my husband, it's about middle of 2006 it mean am on 25 old, his an IT guy, he(my husband) know internet around 20, it's 1st degree semester in university. He introduce me so many things on internet, such as chating, emailing, browsing, make money online and so much more.
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Cahyorini, So your husband is a IT people, you must know a lots of high tech skill of computers then. i am always wondering why the most people who work in IT area are man? I understand there is still woman worker, but just few of them. Does that have to do with the left brain and right brain thing? But i am surely know myself that i am not good at math, my logic is not good too,so i guess i won't be good a making the computer programs then.lol
• Canada
24 Apr 09
Hm...I was probably around 9 or 10. We used to use this free, 33.8k internet service called Fun Cow. The "good" 56k internet connection cost money, so it was only reserved for emergencies and when we had to do online research for homework. I was heavily into RTS at the time like Age of Empires and would play in multiplayer rooms in The Zone. Too bad my crap internet connection caused me to be booted out a lot because I was lagging everyone else. It was also around that time that I started going onto chat rooms, and let's just say that it opened my eyes to the adult world. My being a kid did not stop people from asking me to "cyber".
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Saffrondreams, Thanks for responding my discussion. I am surprise that you learn internet in your yound age. You must be good at the internet now i guess. We all been through the room chatting when we first attracted by the internet. Later, we log in the games. Now, we earn money online. We are making progress. That's good!
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
24 Apr 09
I was about 17. I was in high school and they subscribed to AOL. I thought it was SOOO neat to be able to talk to people all over the world. I became addicted to the internet somewhat & I think it is one of the greatest inventions of all time. I remember pen pals from elementary & middle school:)
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Mrsjbelle, I am the same! I addicted to the chatting room for about 2 or 3 years. I make penpal there. Some of my friend even fall in love with their net friend or pan pal. When we look back, we always laugh, those are the experience only belongs to our generation.
• India
24 Apr 09
I know 14 years old but i didnt acces the internet on that age.after finishing my 12th i joined my engg then only i create my mail id then acces the mail how to chat al the thinks.How i konw in 14th years old i came vaction to my anna home on that time my anna studying engg they make a chat with my uncle i am also chat some lines with my uncle my uncle is in US.After that i am very garcy to internet i like to browsing,Chating with different peoples and mail condects with my realitives. thanks my lot
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• China
24 Apr 09
Hi Pavithrakathirvel, Thanks for responding my discussion. Learning is a process. We are eager to learn some new tings, so we start get into it, when we master it, we look for some other new things. That's how we grow. My parents still have no idea about how to surf on the internet, but it doesn't matter, at least, they know how to use cell phone now. Right?