One thing that is common to all children born in the 90s in 2020 is that we all grew up in a relatively strange environment. The so-called development before the emergence of their toys, technology, food and furniture city of the post-90s generation allowed the post-90s generation’s wisdom to develop and enter the next absurd fashion. There are also some ordinary people who cannot understand the weird behaviors and things of the post-90s generation, and after writing, the children will do better in their next childhood.
Sit back and let xX_bannana_hammock_Xx tell you a story. Before the dawn of social media, communication on the internet was more cloistered. Niche communities used small chat services to talk, often about (at the time) counterculture topics like coding, anime, and comics. There were larger instant messaging clients with broader user bases- the old IRC comes to mind- but it wasn’t until 1997, when AOL launched AIM, that an instant messaging service became a widespread phenomenon. AIM launched right when the internet was beginning to become a part of daily life, and unlike other AOL services, was made available for free to any internet user, not just AOL clients. Suddenly the cloister was open to all. And it often got weird.
Suddenly people discovered things like sarcastic away messages, using song quotes on your page to seem deep, ghosting, the perils of creating a ‘close friends’ list, and even forcefully blocking a person from using their own application. That’s right. With AIM, you could “warn” someone enough to forcefully log them off their own account. I don’t think the AIM programmers understood trolling yet.