Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 09:40 IST

"When We Respected The Computer": Viral image takes us back to the era of laggy internet

The image has garnered widespread attention, amassing over 10 million views, and the comments overflow with genuine sentiments and a wave of nostalgia.

Reported by: Garvit Parashar
Viral image of desktop computers | Image:Twitter: @planet_nerf

In the contemporary landscape, high-speed internet connections and advanced devices are ubiquitous. However, there was a period when internet accessibility was limited to designated spaces such as internet cafes, where users had to pay hourly fees for usage. During the early stages of the internet's rise, desktop computers were the exclusive gateway, imparting a distinctive charm to the online experience.

The charges for internet access in cafes varied, necessitating users to manage their time judiciously to maximize their online sessions. This was a departure from the current norm where high-speed internet is readily available, and most individuals enjoy constant access through personal devices like smartphones, laptops, and tablets.


The evolution from confined, hourly internet access in cafes to pervasive, uninterrupted connectivity has brought about a profound transformation in the way we lead our lives, work, and communicate.

The impact of this connectivity evolution is so profound that encountering images or videos from the era of old desktop computers triggers a profound sense of nostalgia. It elicits emotions and encourages contemplation on the simplicity of a time when the internet was not omnipresent, and one could physically disconnect from the online world by leaving an internet cafe.

An image from that desktop era is now making waves on the internet with a caption that reminisces, "There was a time when we respected the computer."


Sharing the image, another user, Cal50, expressed, "Sorry for being nostalgia baited, but it was kind of nice when the internet was a single, solitary, unmoving place instead of a terror that extends everywhere. You went to this specific spot to go to the internet. When you left the spot, you left the internet. It was a place."

The image has gained immense popularity, exceeding 10 million views, and the comment section is filled with heartfelt sentiments and nostalgia.


"Nothing will ever top the feeling of taking a CD from the rack, popping it in the disc tray, hearing the computer rev up to the RPM of a Ferrari, and reading one of those digital encyclopedia programs that made circa 2002 you feel like god damned Aristotle," commented a user.

"Now we live on the internet and have left the real world behind," wrote another user.


Published December 22nd, 2023 at 09:40 IST