Created in the late 1960’s, the internet was originally for the use of the military. Scientists and military experts were alarmed about the possibility of Soviet attacks and how it could destroy the telephone system after Sputnik was launched. By 1969, the internet was only reaching four major universities in the United States; the University of California at Los Angeles, SRI at Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Utah. With Vincent Cerf’s invention of TCP/IP, it created a whole new dimension of the internet and in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web.
It took roughly thirty years from the birth of ARPANET to what we know as the internet today to be created. But since then, the growth and popularity of the internet increased incredibly fast. It took only four years for the internet to reach 50 million users throughout the world.
With the internet originally being invented for the use of the military, it is almost shocking to think how ARPANET is no longer in use and the fact that social media is dominating the internet. It took only three and a half years for Facebook to reach 50 million users after it went live, and hilariously, only thirty-five days for Angry Birds to reach 50 million people throughout the world. This alone shows how the usage of the internet is still growing, and will probably continue to grow immensely over the next few years. When we think about the internet now, we think of sites like Facebook, YouTube and online shopping where we do not even have to leave our houses to order our weekly grocery shop. Technology is so advanced that people do not even need computers or laptops, they can simply use their phones where you do not even need a Wi-Fi connection to visit sites. In 2015, there were a huge seven billion users, and we can only expect this to grow in the coming years with technology advancing so fast.