With Tinder and Grindr just the tip of the throbbing mound of hookup apps out there, it’s easy to forget there was a time when you couldn’t just stick your phone down your pants and send pictures of your genitalia to strangers. That time was called 1997, and The Found Footage Festival has unearthed a VHS relic that reminds us how hard our forefathers and foremothers had to struggle just to engage in anonymous dirty talk online.
Procured from a thrift store in Minnesota, How To Have Cybersex On The Internet features a fresh-faced, sweater-clad female host who exposes viewers to the thrilling world of cybersex before exposing her (censored) topless self. However, while her chenille sweater comes off, her mom jeans stay on, which is the exact opposite of what most people do alone in front of the computer. But who are we to judge what constituted good cybersex for the very horny people of 1997?