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I'm not sure, maybe it's a more fundamental thing.

It was 8 years ago when I was in high school, and back then everybody used AIM (AIM profiles anyone?). And before that, kids in the 80's used BBS's. I guess kids today use 'gtalk'.

It seems teenagers at a certain age just really want to be able to talk exclusively amongst friends, away from parents and prying public eyes.

Kids in the 80s used telephones. Very few people knew what a BBS was and had the means to get on a BBS. I certainly didn't know anyone that was using a modem in the 80s.

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