Yeah. I remember this beautiful moment in the early-to-mid-00s where it felt like everyone had a computer of some sort. Maybe it was a 6-year-old decrepit, cigarette-smoke-stained Gateway mouldering in the family room or maybe it was a Hot New Netbook or whatever, but everybody and their grandma knew they needed a PC and it was starting to feel so cool. Even my less-nerdly friends were on AIM chat, setting up LiveJournals and MySpaces, figuring out how to use Napster-knockoffs (hey we were kids), and trying out stuff like The Sims. For the first time in the decade+ of owning a “modern computer,” it was starting to feel like my passion/life was kinda going a little mainstream and opening up new avenues of conversation and interaction with everyone I knew.
And then smartphones came out and gave everyone Spotify and texting/Facebook Messenger and timer-based cute-thing clicker games, which were the only parts they cared about anyway from the whole PC experience, and that was, well, that.