How Old Are You The First Time You Use Internet?

Indonesia
October 25, 2009 1:04am CST
Well, for people that come from a country where internet is cheap, maybe this question seem stupid. But in my country, internet connection actually very expensive, especially in my younger day. Very few people actually has internet connection at their home. The first time i use internet is when i am 14 years old, i was in the first year of my high school day. It is year 20000, the 2nd millennium. I go to internet cafe to company my friend play internet, i rent one computer and he the other. At that time, what i do is simply making a e-mail account and chatting ( Not with mlrc, but a local site that have chat facility) . It is in bolehmail.com, a local site which pretty popular back then ( Although now the site already dead ). Off course i can't help to take a peek to a few adult site since i was curious back then . Ok how about you, how old are you when the first time you use internet, what year, and what site that you are visit. Thanks
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• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I think I was in 2nd year highschool that time, so that was around 1999.. We had a dial up connection in our house.. but back then, I don't really use the net cause it cost so much, plus, I have no idea what to do with it. hahaha. So I was in the house with a few of my friends, and one of them had the idea of checking the net to look for pictures of ( drum roll please.... ) BACKSTREET BOYS! hahahahahahah!!! now that I think about it.. I could just die now from humiliation. lol.
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
hahahah! we often talk about our memories when we were still in elementary and high school, and always laugh on how cheesy and immature we were. hehehe.
26 Oct 09
i think i was around 15 when i first used the internet. the family could not afford to add more bills before so when the4 big break came in my dad bought a pc and subscribed for an internet connection so we could do our school research at home without spending much on rentals.
• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
@Ingkingderders Well, yes, it must be fun, hanging around with old friend and talking about the past. Especially if the past contain many funny thing that you do together. Well, at least you have a very nice memories to share with them. Although i actually also like a few of backstreet boys song. He he he... Anyway, thanks for sharing it with us @pikachu01 Well good for you to have internet connection in home at such young age. Anyway, in what year actually you first use the internet. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us.
@much2say (50406)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Oct 09
Oh yikes - I think I was in my mid 20's or somewhere around that time. What year? Years ago - hee hee. I never got my own computer because I always had one at work - and even then I didn't even need to use the computer. But then there was a need, so my boss got me my own computer to use for work (but I learned quickly how to use it for personal things at the same time - ha ha). I seriously cannot remember what sites I visited back then . . . if anything most of it was work related (like emailing). I think I went with hotmail for my first email account. If myLot or Facebook existed back then, ohhhhhh that's where I would have went!
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Well, lucky you to be able to use internet for free from the office. But since you only use it for work, well maybe you not so very lucky. Yes, i don't think there are social networking site at that time. And even if there is one, i don't think it will be as fun as social networking site that are exist at this time. Thanks for responding to this discussion.
@much2say (50406)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Oct 09
That is true . . . everything online has gotten better since "back then" . . . whoever started the whoe social networking thing was a genius. Oh yes, internet use was free for me . . . but quite often I could use it for both work and personal (the bosses didn't know what I doing - ha ha - but I did get my work done).
• Indonesia
27 Oct 09
O So you are really are crafty. Good thing the bos doesn't check your destination from the server or else you will stop working there now. LOL. And yes, internet has evolve so much this past few years. Social Networking Site is one of the best thing that happened in internet. I just hope it keep evolving and give us something new every now and then so we never ever got bored playing the internet. Thanks for responding this discussion.
• Indonesia
25 Oct 09
Well, the same age as you, I was 14 years old that time. The year was 1998 and there were very few internet cafes available in my town. The connection were really slow and it took me hours to open the site I want. It was very frustrating It was 10 years ago, and now almost all people have internet access at their homes. I access internet at home too, and I am grateful because the connection is not so much faster and I don't have to go out to find the cafes.
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• Indonesia
25 Oct 09
Yes, at that time, internet cafe is rare and even if you found one, the connection is really slow. At that times, to view a page with many picture is really are worth a lot of time. If i remember that time, i am really are sad because to open a few site takes minutes.
• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Oops, sorry for the typos. I meant now the internet connection is so much faster :p yeah, it was very slow, I have to wait more than an hour to load mtv site! Geez! I wonder in the next 10 years, how advanced the internet technology will be...
• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, it is really slow back then. Compare to the past, today internet connection is super fast. Maybe, in the future, people will consider this speed we have very slow. Maybe they even reach 1 GBps. Who knows? Although i am sure, more of the file also big to in the future. Thanks
@paula27661 (15871)
• Australia
26 Oct 09
I am a very late starter and I mean very late! (LOL) We didn’t get our first computer until 2003 when I was 42 years old! It was an old dinosaur that we bought for one hundred dollars and it was really sloooow! We had dial up then which was also very slow and it would cut off every time the phone rang; we had a long cable that ran along our passage way! We’ve come along a long since then, now we have fast broadband and three computers in the house!
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, i remember the first computer my parent bought is actually the cheapest they can get. They think the computer is all the same, they don't know anything about ram, processor or harddisk. At that time i use windows 95 and dos, with 8 MB RAM, 1 GB Harddisk, and a very slow processor. Anyway, better late then never feel it at all. And now you have a broadband connection and three computer, it is really are a very good thing. Congrat to you then.
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@paula27661 (15871)
• Australia
27 Oct 09
Thanks, we are all very computer savvy now!
@Porcospino (31094)
• Denmark
25 Oct 09
In 1997 I used the internet for the first time. I didn't have my own computer and that time, but one of my teachers introduced the students to the internet. At first he told us a bit about the internet and how it worked and then we got the chance to try it on our own. In the beginning I only used the internet to search for information about different things, and I remember that I read the news online. I also found some information about the university that I was interested in and some information about psychology. We were only allowed to use the internet for one hour, but I didn't want to quit, because I loved exploring this new "world"
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• Mexico
26 Oct 09
Hi porcospino: lucky you... that was too early. My first experience with the Internet was back in 2001 i think so. Even with that you haven't told us at what age do you first use the interney? According to your story i'd think you were 17-21 years old isn't it?
• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, it is good for you to be able to enjoy the internet for free. For me, there is no internet time in school. And even, they only let us use windows 3.11 which at that time, windows 95 actually already quite popular. Even my computer at home use windows 95 as operating system.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
May i know what country are u living coz perhaps we are living in the same country?hahaha i live here in the phils. We are one of the poorest country. That means were pretty behind when regards to technology. The first time i hold and used the computer when i was just around 15 i guess. At first, i'm so scared of touching it, hahaha so ignorant. Everytime we had a computer lab, i will always have a peek to my classmates what they're doing, I am afraid that i might make a mess.hahaha its such a funny experienced. I am glad that i had a computer at home now, am pretty good now how to used it and surf, that's why i was able to land on this site.hehehe
• Indonesia
5 Nov 09
Well we actually live in different country. I live in indonesia, and well like you, our country also not fast enough at implementing new technology. And well good for you to have internet at school. I only get ms office class when i was in high school. Anyway thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
It was in the year 2000 when i first use of the internet when it was introduced in our University as part of enhancement to student learning. I being one of the teachers, also became interested in it having came from a poor family with no access to computers or internet. Funny as it may sound, but the first time i surf the net was a very hilarious expereince as i was also getting used to the movement of the mouse's cursor. It was a real nice experience getting information from the web not with the window's based programs that we have now but with black monitors which will bring you to sites with dot matrix texts and black and white picture or graphics. The experience of getting and sourcing the information from the web especially on subjects like Psychology and its related fields was very rewarding. Sooner, i get used to the use of the internet and there is never a day that i did not go to the inet lab to surf on information which i could make use of in the explanation of my lessons and to really enhance and improve my teaching with my students. I honestly thank the persons responsible for introducing this technology. I truly believe internet and the computer is really a boon to mankind with the readily available information on the net. By the way i was already 36 years old at that time. REally funny is it not? Learning through the net at this age? Thank you.
• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Well good for you. At least now you know how to play the net, even at the same time you also need to learn how to use the mouse. But at year 2000, isn't at that time the windows already exist. Why still use a dot matrix text and black and white picture? Are they msdos based browser?
@JAG2009 (267)
• India
26 Oct 09
I was twenty-one old when I first used the Internet. This idea of an 'e-mail' was so new and everyone was talking about it. It seemed like a fantastic idea, adn I'm sure I had no clue about the real impact of an email or even the Internet back then. It was just one of the most popular things at that time, and, I must add, quite expensive. A lot of us thought the whole concept was just a temporary fad. How little we knew back then!
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
first of all, in what year actually you use the internet. And yes, at that time, internet maybe just a new technologies that seem will gonna die since it is very expensive and A PC is actually a very expensive thing too. Anyway, thanks for sharing it with us.
@liquorice (3901)
26 Oct 09
When I was at university they had a really basic version of the internet, just with black and white screens and no pictures. I don't know what you would call it, but it was, I think, the technology of the time! This was back in the early 1990's, and I was 18 or 19. I don't think I actually visited a site (didn't know I could at the time!), I just used it to email my friends.
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
LOL, wow, cool. You actually ever experience that kind of internet. I don't even know how to use computer at that time, but you already use the internet. So i think since there is now windows at that time, you use DOS for internet. Is it fun using dos for internet???
@junmae (1591)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
The very first time that i use he internet is when I am 16 years old and I was first year college that time. We have a computer subject and we had to ue internet for our practicum. At first I was scared because that is also the first time I use a computer.
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
So actually the first time you use internet is also the first time you use computer. It is actually a lot of thing at one time. The first time i use computer, i hardly able to control the mouse. Typing the keyboard take a very long time. Anyway, thanks for responding to this discussion.
@Hatley (164081)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Oct 09
hi lordcaocao hi again Please laugh if you wish but I was fifty seven when my adult son gave me a used computer and monitor,the monitor was old and clunky. I knew very little about internet or computers but I did learn with my son's help and I was off and running. I loved surfing the net and I did genealogy and well just about everything you could think of. I have had a love affair with the internet and in my old age I still do. he he.my son of course started young and by the time I was surfing he had become a computer programmer so we still have a huge love affair with our computers and now I have a thin monitor an led or whatever they call it, you can pick it up with one hand and the screen is big and the colors are bright and clear , I really love this new monitor samsung.
• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
LOL. So i should call you with respect then since you are way older then me. Well anyway, i am really proud of you. Most of people your age it is very hard to learn new thing since they are old enough. Well anyway, good for you, and nice to be able to make a love affair at that age. Thanks for responding to this discussion mister. LOL again.
• Mexico
25 Oct 09
Hi lord caocao: same as you. My first experience with the Internet was when i was 13 years old with one of my cousins. First things i remember i did this dar were opening an email account and chatting "to know chicks around the world" Off course i was really curious at that age and my parents weren't there because i have to the Internet outside. Now Internet it's everywhere and it's actually very cheap, you can find little boys 2-3 years old using the Internet. Sounds incredible
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, most of internet newbie ( mostly male ) actually searching for adult site material. They simply do it because of curiosity. And after a while they will become bored of that kind of site, especially when you reach 17 when you actually can buy a movie of your own. LOL.
@oasis_9 (832)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I was in college already when i first use the "Internet" i was so pathetic back then...It was late 1999 or early 2000, i think...I was in first year college i went to an internet cafe with my cousin because i need to research something for a certain school project. If memory serves me right it was something about the history of bible or something like that. It was just a random site i opened.
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
o i see. So you actually use internet for the first time because you have to since you need it to help you with your research. But i bet, after a while you using it, you get addicted to it since this kind of thing actually happened to a lot of people that i know. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience of using the internet for the very first time.
@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
25 Oct 09
I was I think 20 when I first used the internet.I was totally new to internet.I have studied about it but never really used it till that moment.And from that moment Internet has been part of my life and now it has become a part of my career and personal life...now its a platform where I meet my friends,discuss issues and even professional interactions.
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, internet is a fun thing. Before i use internet i also heard many story about it. Although i never actually study it, but i know it's bigger picture. And yes, with social networking site like facebook and twitter, also a chat tool like yahoo messenger and AOL, internet will help us keep connecting with other.
@gunagohan (3414)
• India
25 Oct 09
i was actually 15 when i entered an internet cafe...it was my first year in my high school, i went up to an internet cafe and made my first mail id..then i entered chat rooms later when i was 18 i took up a broadband connection in my home...still internet is very costly in my country...they have cheaper plans, but that has very low bandwidth.. i think it will take decades to make internet cheap in my country like other foreign countries of Europe and the America... happy mylotting...
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, in my country is the same. Internet is expensive here, although the connection is not fast. And yes, it seem most of the people here, the first thing they do when they meet the internet is making a mail id. Chatting is not really a first they do since most of them actually kinda confuse with most of chatting slang.
@biman_s (1060)
• India
25 Oct 09
I was only 15 years old when I first used the Internet. I remember using it for a school project. It was in the year 2000 the same as yours. I knew nothing about it and so I took a friend of mine with me so that together we might be able to figure something out. And guess what after a couple of visits I almost became an expert.
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• Indonesia
26 Oct 09
Yes, 2000 to 2009, it is been 9 year you use the computer. You are very much a veteran in internet world. But a good thing about internet is, almost every day there is something new that you can do with it. Like Ajax technologies, Flash, online games and many other staff. Well, Anyway, Thanks for share your experience using internet with us.
• China
25 Oct 09
Hi,I use internet when I was in my high school too.Maybe it 's the first computer course of my high school. I remember I didn't know how to type in the keyboard. My teacher tauhgt me how to type first.I spend about 5 minutes typing only few words. Now,I am 27 years old and like chatting online with my freinds. Now I usually visit some sites about raising baby because I am a new mommy. haha! happy mylotters!
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• Indonesia
25 Oct 09
Yes, although i already using computer at 12, at that time i use windong 95 and msdos. But i mostly use them for playing game. So when i chat and writing mail in internet, it take me quite some time to type the word. Well anyway, now i can type with out even looking at the keyboard. Anyway, congratulation new mommy. I am very sure that your baby is the baby in your avatar. Thanks for responding.
@BlueQ123 (29)
• Singapore
25 Oct 09
I think internet services has became very popular since 2000. So people who born after 2000 have great chance of exposure to it since young age. It is not fair to compare with people who born before year 2000. Doesn't make sense to compare too. Difference generation will face and have different information technologies. I used internet first time when I was 15 years old. By that time, the popular search engine is yahoo. :) I still remember that I was very proud to sign up my email account with yahoo and hotmail... LOL. I chat in ICQ using computer service in my school... :P Of course cannot chat for too long. Everyone was entitled to used for 2hours only for each session (morning/afternoon/night). Fun memory to recall back... Thanks for sharing this topic!
@aerous (13452)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
The first time I use internet that was way back 1998. Where the trend of internet connection is dial-up. I didn't use yahoo messenger then as a tools for chatting because the connection is very so frustrating in terms of speed. That is why MiRC will one of the best chatting because this is easy to install...
@aerous (13452)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Don't mind about my response, my friend. Because you are a good friend to me. It is my pleasure to participate in your discussion... Well that is the sad part of mIRC...because it is dominate now by yahoo messenger and other chat stream...Even then I never tried to visit mIRC if this channels or sites still survive and still have people dealing with chat every day...?
• Indonesia
28 Oct 09
Yes i know, you really are also a good friend of mine. You have post a few time in my discussion and i really are appreciate it. Well i actually still go to mIRC every now and then, and there seem there still people there. Althoug almost a quarter of them actually a blog that promote adult site, another mIRC Channel, or simply lead you to a site contain malware. Anyway, try to use it every once in a while, it sure bring a lot of memory. Thanks once again to reply to this discussion my friend aerous.
@aerous (13452)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I don't have anytime now looking around in that sites, my friend. I consider it a waste of time. I rather be spend a second here in mylot, than to visit that sites...Have a great day!
• United States
27 Oct 09
Lets see........the first time I used the internet. I will have to figure it out for you. I took computers in school but that was before windows and the internet had come out. I bought my first windows based computer not long before 1990 but I can't remember exactly so I guess I have been using the internet for ten to fifteen years and I am now forty two so that would make me probably about twenty eight years old when I first started using the internet. I remember when I first discovered the internet; I didn't know anything about it so I taught myself by trial and error using it. I remember staying on my first internet capable computer for hours and hours until I would be nodding off at my desk. I am still amazed at the wealth of information at your fingertips with the internet.
• Indonesia
27 Oct 09
Wow you are pretty cool for learning the internet for yourself. And since the internet has evolve so much and you already using internet for such a long time, what do you feel about internet these day. Do you like it or you simply like the old day of internet. Thanks.
• United States
27 Oct 09
I still use the internet regularly even more and more all the time. I try to keep up with all that is going on online but it is too much. I like the internet very much. It is like having the worlds encyclopedia at your fingertips. I have never failed to find the information I need on the internet. I would like to make the changeover one day to making my living online instead of other work. Especially when I get older and will not really be able to do physical work like I can now.
• United States
27 Oct 09
I am doing ok with my surveys and writing and I really like it when I get to participate in an online discussion because it pays the best. The real money is in maintaining your own website. I use affiliate marketing right now but I am looking into selling products or e-books to really bring in a living. The problem right now is getting the traffic to my website.