I loved the 1980s: I met my husband, married, had my first child, and loved Compuserve and my Mac Plus with its 5 mb of memory lol. The music I hated for the most part.I guess ordinary people used dial-up modems and BBSes - Bulletin Board Systems. Modern Internet forums a.k.a. boards are descendants from the message boards they had on BBSes. I didn't have access to any of this, but I did swap cracked computer games and short messages with my "contacts" on diskettes that we sent through the mail. Good times.