I caught onto email early on in the Internet revolution, in the Autumn of 1992. With a lot of help from Richard! We were in the USA at the time and it was my lifeline to the UK. Early forms of forums (bulletin boards, or BBS as they were called) introduced me to the concept of online friends, and also helped the settling in process.
I didn't progress to web-sites until after we'd moved to Cyprus, Autumn 1997. I'd tried, but everything was so slow. Then I wanted to research home education, and the boys showed me how to use their computer (which was faster than mine), and slowly I got hooked. I started building my first web-site in 1999, and our family one in 2001, but after that I started trailing behind... it took me until 2005 to begin blogging.
And now, finally, I've started using Instant Messaging. I tried it a couple of years ago but couldn't see the point, although the rest of the family use it regularly to type 'live' to people elsewhere - mostly work contacts for Richard, friends around the world for the boys.
But a couple of weeks ago the Doulos installed satellite technology to allow them faster email connections, cheaper phone calls (including when on voyages between countries) ... and instant messaging. After Richard and Tim had both 'chatted' with Dan twice, I decided I needed to ask the bandwaggon to slow down so I could climb carefully aboard.
In the last four days I've 'chatted' twice to Dan, and as I've been typing this blog entry I also 'chatted' to Richard, who's in Morocco this week. I doubt if I'll ever get as far as using a microphone to talk to the computer, but a 'conversation' in typing with immediate response is pretty good. In moderation, anyway.