This is an easy question for me. Our first computer was purchased in 2005. Up to that point we could not afford one.
The kids used it in the beginning, but one day I purchased cruise tickets, and after returning home from the TA, realized I didn't know how to cruise.
I had used e-mail from work, but that was about it. Jim is the one that said that I should Google cruising, and up popped you guys. I had never been on a message board, which is why to this day, you see my full name, as my screen name.
I read for hours, before I got up the nerve to type anything, and was shocked when someone responded.
I have come a long way since then. I love the internet, and agree there is a lot of misinfo, but over all, I believe it keeps us more informed, as well as in touch, more than we have ever been.