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The internet’s influence

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To date, the internet is one of the most advanced things the human species have built. It allows us to connect with anyone we want, watch videos wherever we want, look up information about what we want and do so much more. It is truly amazing if you think about it. It is only 100 years ago that the world was nearing the end of the first world war, skip to today and nearly everyone has a device in their pocket, at home or somewhere you can use it to check something you’re unsure of. It holds all the information ever discovered by mankind all thanks to the internet. In this article I will talk about how it influences us daily, how we can’t live without it and how it will keep changing our lives.

The beginning of the net

To start off, we need to go back in time. August 1962. It was in this time that the first ever recorded description of social interaction through networking took place. It was only a few memos written by J.C.R. Licklinder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT for short. In these memos he described his “Galactic Network” concept. He envisioned a globally connected set of computers through which everyone could quickly access data and programs from any site. This sounds a lot like the internet we know today. A few of his colleagues started developing this idea and formed with a few flaws and errors the internet what it is today.When web 2.0 came out in the first decade of the 21st century, the internet revolutionized and became more of a port for social connectivity and other crowd based communication tools. The internet wasn’t just a place for information anymore; it was also for communication globally with whoever you want at any time and place.

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The evolution of the net

With the internet being a place for communication, it didn’t take us too long to adapt to it. Over the last 20 years, the way we communicate, socialize and meet people has become something so different, that people could simply not live without it anymore. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube started showing up left and right at the highest rate that people just couldn’t catch up anymore with the amount of changes taking place.

Influences of the internet

Nowadays whenever you ask someone for their Facebook account, you expect a normal answer. Whenever someone says they don’t have a Facebook, people look at them as if they were aliens. A few examples can be made about how much the internet has changed our lives. Nearly 50% of the population of the world has access to the net. 81% of people in the developed world have access and only but still 40% in the developing world. In Belgium, the country I originate from, 87% has access, whereas in Macedonia, the people who have access are at a mere 72%. The country with the highest % rate of users is Iceland with a stunning 98.5% and the lowest is Eritrea, a country in Africa, with a slim 1.18%. Facebook, the most popular internet site after Google, has 1.32 billion active users on a daily base. 79% of internet users have a Facebook account, whereas the next social media site, Instagram, only have a mere 32%. These statistics show us that nearly half of the population on the world has accessible internet, and that the people with access are all logged in on a social network site.

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The forever changing net

It’s hard for anyone to be able to control or foresee the future; however, by rising statistics and calculations, we can predict the growth of the net and how the net will keep growing. In the next years or decades, the internet will keep growing. The usage of the internet will rise up of over 75% by 2050, and in 100 years, nearly the entire planet will use internet on a daily base. The developing countries, more often called third world countries, will catch up with the developing world sooner or later and the implementation of the internet will be a vital section of the progression of these countries. In conclusion, the net is and will keep changing our lives forever, whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, you should make that up for yourself.

Robin Faes

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