25 years of the Web

March 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the Web and to celebrate the occasion, the social science analysis organization Pew Research Center, presented the results of a survey that shows the progress of this technology through its quarter of a century. The event that is acknowledged as the birth of the World Wide Web took place in March 1989, when British Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submitted a project to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which proposed a way to keep data records through “linked information systems”.

While The original proposal that Berners-Lee presented did not resemble the Web that we know today, it did contain some of the basic concepts that would  eventually enable the popularization of internet. It would take a few more years until the World Wide Web was introduced to the public, allowing access to internet for anyone that owned a computer and a modem.  The launch of the first popular web browser Mosaic is widely recognized as another moment that marked the expansion of this technology that has changed our lives and the way we communicate.

In 1995, only 14 percent of American adults were using internet but over the years, that number has increased considerably and nowadays, it is estimated that 87 percent of adults are active internet users. The survey from the Pew Research Center was carried out in February 2014 amongst 1006 adults in the United States and it found that 75 percent of people think that the impact of Internet in society has been positive, while 90 percent affirmed that Internet has improved things for them in a personal level.
Pew researchers noted that Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the Web, contributed greatly to the transformation of Internet from a data-transfer system that was only used by a select group of specialists to a public technology massively used around the world. Their survey also revealed that 99 percent of people living in homes with an income of $75000 or more were using Internet, while 97 percent of young adults (people between the ages of 18 to 29) and college graduates were frequent users. The mobile market also showed how much it has grown, with 68 percent of adults connect to internet using mobile devices. While some arguments against the frequent use of Internet sustained that it was detrimental for social interaction, 67 percent of those who took part in the survey, actually consider that this technology has strengthen their relationship with family and friends.

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