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By technological standards the Internet is still new it has been a mere 30 years since it was first introduced in the form of a primitive network of four computers called ARPANET 1969 It wasnt until 1982 with the creation of USENET that the Internet still not referred to as such became even remotely known to the then elite computer-literate public seven years more before the first commercial dial-up Internet access provider was introduced 1989 and three more before Internet communication was made easily available to private users 1992 Since 1992 with its excruciatingly slow and unreliable 900 baud-rate modems the Internet has quickly made the inevitable jump from being a luxury item reserved for those who could afford it to finally becoming an affordable necessity to everyday life all within eight years of becoming publicly available The benefits of this new technology are awe-inspiring in their number but affect the private user mostly in the ways that it has changed our methods of communicationArguably Internet communication including BBS e-mail and chat services has been most beneficial to mankind by making it so much easier to communicate with friends and family Imagine having to physically phone someone up or God forbid go to his or her house in order to speak with him or her face-to-face about something so mundane as the next weeks assignment or the birth of a child This would require not only considerable strenuous effort in regard to dialing the phone or driving a vehicle but would also require the uncomfortable and exhausting task of actually speaking God knows we do enough of that when ordering our daily cup of coffee espresso or mocha latte Now thanks to the Internet everyone we know or at least want to know is connected and therefore quite literally at our fingertips If someone doesnt happen to be online we can always leave e-mail or wait for a few minutes Someone to talk to will
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