It somehow started all with dial up.
Currently probably many users won`t even have a clue about the AT command set.
When I began interaction with other users in other countries, it was quite different from today. I frequented a BBS which had TWO modems, so THREE users could be active there simultanely (WHOW!). At some point I sponsored them a third modem, now the place got crowded
The whole board was full with REAL information, SPAM was not existing. In contrast, I just came across some (compromised) host, which had more than thousand NEW entries (all from today) in a forum section where guests can post without registration.
I always had (and still have) my modem/router devices directly visible. With dialup you see a LED blinking on each key stroke, if you do nothing, it should be silent (besides automatic tasks like mail check etc.) that`s a nice way to spot malicious activity at lowest level.
Well times change, when I bought my first "high speed" modem, a ZyXEL doing 2400 BAUD, I didn`t even know why I would need such *ahem* speed. My use of the "net" was just sending and receiving TEXT data, about 3, 4 minutes and I had enough sent and received to read and reply for many offline hours.
Those times are long gone. Today the net is filled with "stuff", I really don`t need. The wanted information is only found after much filtering, accompanied with MUCH other, unrelevant data and this is "standard" annoyance, widely accepted.
I for one will never forget those old days when each online minute was costly and one would try to compress all online tasks to as quick as possible done and not WASTE precious time on bloat.