They Unplugged The Landline Phones For Internet
Back in the pre-Wi-Fi era, you had to rely on dial-up modems to connect your computer to the world wide web. And just because you connected to the internet, it didn’t mean you’d stay connected. If someone used your landline and dialed another number, you’d lose connection. If this happened and you were in the middle of a game or chatting on AOL, all would be lost. You’d have to reconnect and start the process again. To completely avoid this, people would unplug their landlines. That meant no calls, but at least you wouldn’t have to worry about losing internet. Your computer probably looked like an ancient robot. You had to sit there and wait for the dial-up sound to finish, which meant you were connected. Google searches took one minute, and even downloading one song took an entire day (Southern Phone).