Melissa Block reported for NPR's All Things Considered
about the "slow internet movement"
which was rapidly growing in popularity in "hipster enclaves" such as Portland, Oregon and Ottumwa, Iowa.
Devotees of this movement preferred to browse the internet at slow speeds, and so they purposefully chose dial-up connections over faster broadband ones.
Dr. Uri Langsam, professor of Lanterian studies at the University of Southern Minnesota's Duluth campus, noted that slow internet could have physiological benefits since studies revealed that as the connection speed slowed down the alpha waves of the user became similar to someone who was meditating.
"The heart rate slows down," he said. "The thinking improves. The complexion improves. It's just amazing what it will do."