Part 1: As Internet speeds have increased, web sites have become more and more enormous (Example: Figure 1).
Part 2: Additionally, people have become more and more accustomed to impulsively wasting time on the Internet.
Here are the two problems that we can solve simultaneously:
- Enormous web pages are slow to load
- People impulsively browse the Internet and have no attention span, since new content is only a few moments away.
Although there already exist tools to artificially restrict Internet bandwidth, none of them provide the full “1998 desktop computer” experience.
Here, we propose a “Dial-up Internet simulator” that re-creates the dial-up Internet experience of the 1990s (Figure 2).
This “dial-up simulator” system could be implemented either as a browser plug-in, or at the system level.
The benefit of this system is two-fold:
- Web site designers can use it to preview their site in a low-bandwidth mode, encouraging them to design faster-loading sites.
- Site visitors can use it to encourage self-discipline and reduce impulsive time-wasting browsing.
PROS: Encourages reduced-size web pages, and discourages time-wasting on the Internet. Brings back the nearly-forgotten “modem connecting” noise.