Nostalgia for the 1990s is all the rage these days, but a new website is bringing back one part of the decade that we’d actually be pretty happy to leave in the past – super slow internet.

A web designer has created a site that simulates the loading speeds of the early days of the internet, and it’s a pretty painful experience.

Unfortunately, the site doesn’t include those classic dial-up internet noises from our childhood, but it is an accurate replica of what it was like to sit in front of a computer for a solid two minutes just waiting for a single image to load.

It’s easy to forget that most of the internet services we take for granted haven’t actually been around for all that long. YouTube is just 15 years old, and Google Images was only launched in 2001 after Jennifer Lopez literally broke the internet. And with the internet itself turning 30 next year, this website is a good reminder of just how far we’ve come in a few short decades.

So if you’re a kid who’s curious about what things were like in ‘ye olden days’, or if for some reason you just long to relive the experience of having to log off AOL or MSN Messenger so your mum could use the telephone.

Diana Schiepp demonstrates the world-wide data communication on an IBM Web Server 400 at the Internet Fair in Berlin on the 29th of May in 1997.
Diana Schiepp demonstrates the world-wide data communication on an IBM Web Server 400 at the Internet Fair in Berlin on the 29th of May in 1997.

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