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A lot of time passed.
Eventually technology increased step by step until computers were invented with the ENIAC. Oh yeah, now we're talkin'! Assuming you define "talking" as being done by programming a room-filling computer 1 wire at at time then, yes, they were talking.
More time passed and ARPANET, what would eventually become the Internet we know today, was invented by MIT and DARPA. Then Tim Berners-Lee made the leap and invented the World Wide Web. Now we were really talking.
While all of this was happening corporate/government-owned room-filling mainframe computers were being supplanted by personal computers for the average person. Then along came Gordon Moore, Intel co-founder, who postulated. in 1965, that hardware speed would double and cost would halve every 2 years. Since then Moore's Law, as it's known, has driven the PC industry until today when with a few taps on the screen of my iPad it can not only show me where it is but that I'm standing beside it in Canyon Country Park. While it has more computing power than all of the Apollo spacecraft that went to the Moon, combined, not just the ones that landed on it, it's a waste of computing power when I could simply lift my head and have a look around and see where I am.
Ain't technology grand?
So being on the Internet is like VR ... you're there but you're not, just like me and my iPad.