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Poll From: 06/22/2013

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What closest describes when you first used a computer? Submitted By ilp5, WA
Before I could read.
Elementary school age.
Middle school/Jr. High age.
High school age.
College age or adulthood.
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MissGreenDay
on 07/01/13
I first used the old macintosh computers.
cygnus47
on 06/28/13
When I was probably 4, a very cool game.
danakscully64
on 06/26/13
Elementary school. The computer had Tetris and Kid Pix. This was back in the early-mid 90's.
shanmukhi
on 06/25/13
i stated using in college age
sammy0354
on 06/24/13
I started using a computer in elementary, but no one else my age could till they where in 7th grade and introduced to one. The only reason I learned so early was because my uncle is a tech. He built us one, and said soon you will have to know how to use this. They need to learn now. We thought he was crazy lol.
gauthambr
on 06/23/13
i started using in high school range
babydomd1234
on 06/23/13
i use laptops in school so im elementary days
:)
TheMadam
on 06/23/13
At my 2nd job, I had the first computer in the office (School District Business Office) if you can believe it. It was still in the box when I got to the office. This was in 1985. I revamped the entire budget. They used to type it over and over any time the Board of Education wanted a change made. It still boggles my mind to this day.
Smoopy65
on 06/23/13
Computers were coming out when I hit high school. Learned how to do basic programming on a trash-80, Lolllllll. Copiers didn't exist yet, we used duplicators. Bookkeeping was taught using paper ledgers. Cellphones were only for the rich and they were huge.
BUGSY213
on 06/23/13
commenting due to the lack of swag bucks
prettynpink1972
on 06/23/13
TheMadam liked this  
i'm old lol...a late bloomer
anthony17awesome
on 06/23/13
Same! First poll
Abuelag72
on 06/23/13
First poll.... :o)
Krismouse
on 06/23/13
My first experience with a computer was a Commodore 64 in middle school math class. In high school, I learned programming in BASIC on an Apple II. I have used Apple computers almost exclusively ever since.
Pu55ydestoyer
on 06/23/13
Hi
Lisbun
on 06/23/13
I've never known life without one...that means a lot more when you consider I was born in 1975...My uncle built computers with the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, but his business sense needed some help. He shared his ideas and discoveries without patenting them first. Look him up in an early 80's edition of Byte magazine. Creator of the Sphere PC. Michael D Wise...
Ericks
on 06/23/13
before i could read
leogirl817
on 06/23/13
The first time I used a computer was at the age of 5 when I was in Kindergarten. We had a computer class.
dsmith429
on 06/23/13
My 1st computer was a Commodore Vic-20 in 1983, then a Timex Sinclair 1000, and a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. It wasn't until 1994 when I had my 1st taste of a PC and Compuserve. Used my 1st Mac in 1996, a Mac Classic. I'm amazed at how fast things have changed with computers.
lruby
on 06/23/13
Heck, I started on the old Tandy Color Computers.Had to type the program yourself and save it to a cassette recorder. but then i was 20 then ... So would have started sooner myself it the technology would have been there...
citydog
on 06/23/13
Wes50 liked this  
PC's were not even invented until I was well into adulthood. Otherwise, I would have started much sooner.
moontan
on 06/23/13
leogirl817 and 1 others liked this  
It wasn't until 1984 when Apple brought out the first computer for home use. In 1995, I used a computer for the first time (if you don't count video games and the Atari video program) and got on the world wide web. My first message was to the Patrick Buchanan campaign. Then I had my daughter learn about The White House.
1adgepicola
on 06/23/13
People are getting so young on their first use of computers. Wow!
25Shadow75
on 06/22/13
citydog liked this  
Aw, Heck, I don't trust those new fangled do-hickeys.
Computers, HAH... a passing fad... Like the pet rock, here one day gone tomorrow..
Trust me, them thing-a-bobs won't last...
dineshvalia30
on 06/22/13
Elementary school age.closest describes when you first used a computer
morimunda
on 06/22/13
citydog liked this  
I'm twenty six but I feel compared to other people my age, I started using PCs pretty late? My elementary school didn't have computers & I only knew of them through films or TV shows later on. I didn't use one until sixth grade & it was a Mac. I remember my mom bought our first family PC in 1999 off of QVC. I used to love the sound of the dial up "static" connecting to the net. :)
Maylee426
on 06/22/13
morimunda liked this  
It doesn't surprise me if some people didn't start using computers up 5 years ago. I know my mother has never used one. She in her very early sixties, she never cared for them. It was never required for any of the jobs she had. Honestly up to 5 years ago you could get paper job applications and teachers really didn't give too many online based assignments.

I think the first time I used one was in 1st grade back in 1999 or 2000. My family didn't own one. My sister bought one in 2003
Maylee426
on 06/22/13
It cut me off. My sister bought one in 2003 and we really didn't use it much. I started using it a lot in 2005. Then she gave it to me when we moved to another state. I had dial up until 2009 and that dinosaur until 2011 and bought myself brand new computer for college. Many people think that people in their late teen or early 20's don't know cassettes and VCR but some of us do. My family is the type that we do not buy new things until they break or can't fix it anymore.

We had a television that my mother bought in 1996 and it died at the end of last year. Only 3 years younger than me. I kind of wonder how long this new TV will last.
Tkdgirlms
on 06/22/13
morimunda liked this  
Who remembers having to 'hang' your phone on your modem to get online? And back then, it was MUDs and MUSHs, and Bulletin Boards - no graphics (or very very limited). Internet as it's known now came about my senior year in college.
Maylee426
on 06/22/13
That was actually 3 years ago for me.
surveys
on 06/22/13
adult
hkwahl
on 06/22/13
I started in 5th grade, on an old Texas Instruments computer which my parents got dirt cheap when they stopped making them. We used an old 13-inch b&w television for a monitor, and it had a tape deck for data storage. I was a whiz at Munchman.
terry1905
on 06/22/13
Early 80's, My company I worked for started us out entering all data on a wang. We were thrilled no more hand written paper work and no more file draws to deal with.
djbennett2
on 06/22/13
hkwahl liked this  
I have never used a computer.
hkwahl
on 06/22/13
aswyatt and 5 others liked this  
Me neither. Thank goodness for Swagpigeons, or I'd never get to vote in the daily poll!
MonicaRyman
on 06/22/13
6TheBigT9 and 1 others liked this  
I can't believe 32% didn't use a computer til college/adulthood... That is crazy. My grandparents had an old IBM computer that I used before elementary! Crazy crazy
mak62184
on 06/22/13
My dad was born in 1952. So, computers like we know were not available for him to use during his childhood. However, he did get a job in the 1970's and said that the computers took up like an entire room then.
KatieKat
on 06/22/13
Scout43 and 2 others liked this  
i know, it's so crazy that people older than you exist. Crazy crazy
mscamp0235
on 06/22/13
AuntyKissy and 2 others liked this  
I grew up in the eighties it was rare to have a home computer back then
Glizzie
on 06/22/13
aswyatt and 5 others liked this  
Can you believe Columbus didn't use a telephone? I'm 53, and computers were not widely available in most normal situations (school, work, home) until I was out of college. Not even one "crazy." :-)
butterflygail
on 06/22/13
Scout43 liked this  
Absolutely! I'm almost 50 and yes computers only reached a few homes 22 years ago and they were very pricy ($3000). We had an early one at home (Gateway 2000) because they were made here in our city! My husband is a computer programmer. Things have changed dramatically in the last 20 years! I remember DOS and the 8.5" floppy disks! When the 3" "hard" floppy (the A drive!) came out, that was something! I did learn on a cutting-edge word processor with a screen in college! At my first job, I used an IBM Mag card! Now we have mini computers in our cell phones, absolutely mind-bogging! In college we read about cell phones that would be coming out and it was hard to imagine you could talk on the phone in the middle of the country way from your house! We didn't get our first cell phone until 1998.
Rorikern
on 06/22/13
nevroth liked this  
And, remember DOS? Yeah, that was riveting.
Riverlin
on 06/22/13
DianaRowland and 2 others liked this  
The SCAMP and the Wang 2200 which were among the first personal computers that people could buy. They came out in the mid-70s.
Most businesses didn't start using computers strictly until the late 80s at best.
The beginnings of Email started in 1965 . I was taught how to write BASIC in 8th grade (1987) so we could send " electronic messages" which were the front runners to email. My school computer lab was stocked entirely with new Digital equipment so we were on the cutting edge. So much has changed in such a short time!
My husband is a Network Architect for Apple and we only got our first home unit in the early 90s - and it was $4,000! It hasn't been all that long so it's still easy to find people older than 75 that have never owned or even used one. They are a dying breed, though.
nevroth
on 06/22/13
Yes, I remember my dad paying some $3500 for a complete Windows Aptiva desktop. It was amazing since before that we just had an Atari ST, lol. It worked well and I was using the 28.8k dialup modem, 32RAM, less than 1GB hard drive, until 2003 ;)
Farwood
on 06/22/13
SBJR05 and 6 others liked this  
This has a lot to do with how old you are. While we had a computer at home I remember staying late at school in the computer lab to play number munchers and rushing to get one of the two 'colored' monitors. Most younger people don't remember the large black floppy disks and the dos prompt. Makes me feel old and amused at the same time.
Wicked1
on 06/22/13
SBJR05 and 4 others liked this  
I definitely remember the floppy discs and the DOS prompt....LOL..That just made me feel old :-)
Cumbeeclan
on 06/22/13
Exactly. My daddy bought an Apple II for his business back in 1977 when I was in elementary school -- that was the first computer I'd ever seen. He let my brother and me learn to code on it and it made me feel so futuristic and Star Trekky. LOL.
Tkdgirlms
on 06/22/13
I have an Apple II sitting in my house now
Tkdgirlms
on 06/22/13
I used a computer at an early age - I remember the days of the computer cards for programming (I was a kid then). Funny story - i didn't know those cards had to stay in order, and was caught playing with someone's cards (52 card pickup anyone?) and boy were they mad!!
osukaa88
on 06/22/13
I used to play snake in my dad's old computer.
mommyofnuts
on 06/22/13
HerSOMSS liked this  
i used my first computer when i was in highschool and we didnt have a computer at home. i learned the most about
one when i took computer classes in tech school.
swagcyn015
on 06/22/13
I used the computer first when I was in the second grade. We got a computer in our home when I was in the fourth grade. And I'm 19 now.
KymmBear
on 06/22/13
Same! :)
Chan24670
on 06/22/13
WHY?
shllachu
on 06/22/13
gud
Chan245
on 06/22/13
morimunda and 2 others liked this  
There was typing class long before there was the internet.
Tkdgirlms
on 06/22/13
morimunda liked this  
Do you mean the internet as it's known now? The internet started in the 40s with a network called Arpanet (and I can't remember it, but seems like there was a network before that one).
KatieKat
on 06/22/13
kkrsavmo liked this  
My typing class was on typewriters. LOL
Chan245
on 06/22/13
SBJR05 and 6 others liked this  
Also Oregon Trail :)
CornPicknDogLvr
on 06/22/13
Oh, wow. That brings back memories. Oregon Trail was one of the first games I ever played as a kid, along with Commander Keen and Headline Harry. Good ol' floppy disks.
Nahara7
on 06/22/13
Thanks! I was trying to remember the name of that game I played all through 5th & 6th grade, it was really fun, even if it was really basic compared to todays video games! That was my 1st time using a computer ever!
novak87
on 06/22/13
my brother had a computer when he was in highschool
svizswag
on 06/22/13
Interesting
GigglingMonster
on 06/22/13
I was on computers before I could read. I remember when I was little I was on those big old fashioned fat computers. I would be playing Blue's Clues games on there. Now I'm 14 addicted to the internet on a normal flat screen computer lol.
FluffinMcFluffin
on 06/22/13
KatieKat liked this  
lol you're so young big old fashioned computers are you talking about the ones from before you were even born? b/c those are the big old fashioned computer you have no clue lol the flat screen ones haven't been out that long or widely popular till the past 8 years or so and your only 14
memorybooks
on 06/22/13
Tkdgirlms and 2 others liked this  
Gee wiz, you guys make me feel old. I was in my 30's when I had a commodore 64. There were no computers when I was a child.....
steph0530
on 06/22/13
SBJR05 liked this  
Oregon Trail baby! And Snake (or was it "worm"?). Pixels the size of my thumb. Loved it!
morrell98
on 06/22/13
i Started when i was in elementary school
iamglife
on 06/22/13
I started to learn using computer senior year
amhale11
on 06/22/13
I had a Commodore 64 when I was in elementary school... does that count? LOL
elizardh11
on 06/22/13
Tkdgirlms liked this  
I remember the commodore 64 . I miss the games I played on it.
dynn123
on 06/22/13
my first computer use was when I was 5 I would just play on the key board
allioop2001
on 06/22/13
SBJR05 and 2 others liked this  
Oregon Trail in elementary school in the early 90's

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