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.
Avoid doing the following things and you should be OK. Keep in mind that the possibility exists that the sexy blonde 16-year-old babe you’ve been chatting to for two weeks could in fact be a 56-year-old man. Many paedophiles use the chat rooms as hunting grounds. But then, the chat room is not really going to solve that. Calls are expensive – if you spend only an hour a day on the phone every day, this could increase your parents' phone bill substantially. One could probably get away with this for a short time, but eventually you are going to forget what you said to whom.
I don't know about you, but this was a great source of fun for my pals and I as children.
In one room we could be exotic 18-year old Brazilian twins working to get our modeling careers off the ground while in the next we could easily slip into the guise of a mysterious lonelyhearts Spanish exchange student seeking a nice middle aged office drone to. Sometimes we may have outed ourselves as the 12/Fs we really were, but in general the idea was to fool others into believing the bull we were serving up.
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.
In our innocence, though, we were too giddy to be bothered by these facts.