History of the Internet
The Internet allows different computer networks handled by different companies, governments, universities, and other organizations around the world to communicate and share information or data. The foundation of the Internet can be traced back to the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network with the support of the U.S. Department of Defense in 1969.
In retrospect, the Internet was initially used in the libertarian culture only for scientific use and in research centers. It was established as a static network, aimed at transferring a small number of bytes or a short message between two different computers. Later on, the Internet was expanded in the 1990s. It was being used at different institutions and organizations around the globe connecting millions of systems and users. It was aimed at the storage of a massive amount of information, publishing various content, and socializing. But, the horizon has spread now, and it includes commentators, publishers, and creators. Moreover, we all have access to upload and download any information from this electronic medium.
In the history of the Internet, the emergence of web 2.0 proved a big revolution, which led to the rise of social media along with different interactive, crowd-based communication tools. However, the Internet has now become the most extensive real-time communication network around the globe, consisting of over fifty thousand sub-networks connecting more than four million computers, and approximately seventy million users.
Basic technical features the Internet inhibits
The Internet is a way to communicate between different computers and share information. The local users commonly use a modem and a DSL connection to connect to the Internet. Internet service providers connect different computers placed at various locations for communication purposes. The content is displayed on the Internet through pages, known as Web pages, which are not bound to show only a specific type of data. Instead, they can present anything ranging from textual data to multimedia clips, through the Internet. Web servers, on the other hand, are computers that save these web pages and are required to be connected with the Internet to work effectively. For navigation on the Internet, Web browsers are made.
The hike of social networking websites on the Internet
The world has witnessed a new socio-technical revolution on the Internet since 2002. It was the rise of social networking sites, where all human activities ranging from personal interests to businesses, from social communication to politics, are performed. The Internet itself has transformed and revolutionized over time and now possesses the worldwide broadcasting capability and information dissemination. It is a medium for interaction and collaboration between different social networking users, regardless of the geographic location.
At this point, the essential activities on the Internet are performed through social networking sites, and hence they have become enormous platforms for various events. Some sites are used for professionalism, while some social platforms are used for fun. The usage depends on the users and their interests. For instance, Facebook is used as a nonprofessional platform, while LinkedIn is used by professionalism. Moreover, users are also building websites on specific criteria of grouping developed based on their interests and work projects. Such sites involve entrepreneurship because people mainly use them for earning purposes. These are customized by people having different profiling and privacy levels.
Internet and daily life
There is no such aspect of life which is not under the influence of the Internet. The Internet has made the experience smoother and more comfortable. For instance, in older times, frequent manual visits have to be made to different offices for getting jobs. But, now all you need is a detailed resume and an email address of the company to apply for the positions. Organizations also perform online analysis and recruitment process, which saves them time and prevents them from the long waiting queues.
Even minor daily life activities are relying on the Internet today, like planning visits to different geographical locations, learning new things, and getting to know how to do various tasks. Moreover, the information regarding each and everything can be obtained via browsing the Internet. From shopping to cooking recipes, from home decor tips to updates of advance technology, everything is available on the Internet according to varying demands. Because of so many opportunities being available on the Internet, people are getting addicted to it, making them lazy and less competent.
In modern society, every available thing that revolves around personal and organizational interests is based on the Internet. It can be said that socializing between different people is the outcome of the emerging technological advancements, digital revolutions, and sociocultural changes. These factors collectively affect social relationships. Without the Internet, the large-scale socializing between different domains of social life cannot be observed. The Internet further helps to build the technological infrastructures of an industrial society and should be used optimally to undo the myths regarding it. As a whole, the importance of the Internet cannot be denied.