Taking a break from social media

When my dad connected our family computer to the Internet in 1992, all I saw were green letters on a black screen. He tried to explain what was so amazing about the Internet: “You can find out what the weather is like in Beijing,” he said. “Or you can download ‘The Apology of Socrates’ for free. The entire text!”

It is still pretty cool that “The Apology of Socrates” is available to anyone with an Internet connection, but, in 1992, I was 15 and allergic to my father’s enthusiasms.

Then I found out that you could talk to people online. Actual people. I began posting to CompuServe’s student forum. I made wonderful friends, one of whom became my first love.

I still remember that summer as the Summer of CompuServe. If anything happened in my realworld existence, I do not recall it. I was no longer really living in the soulless suburbs of Orlando. I was a resident of the Internet.


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