In the 70’s a huge revolution was brewing. Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn hired by the United States Government, they created the cornerstone of what was to be the Internet. To begin with, they put together the communication protocols of a complex military network called TCP/IP.
Like many great inventions, the discovery went unnoticed. But years later the British professor, Tim Benders-Lee, spawned what everyone now knows as HTTP. Already in 1989 the World Wide Web or the widely used www appeared.
In the 1990s, technologies advanced so much that they allowed little by little the massification of this extensive network that would end up uniting the world. The advancement of devices such as computers and cell phones made it possible for the internet to travel in the hands of every human being with access to a network that changed from cable to the also famous WIFI. From landlines to space and satellites.
Today marks the Internet Day that was established in 2005 as one more encouragement to the spread of this global network of immeasurable information. It’s clear, the network of networks changed the way people liveThey meet, travel, communicate, exercise, shop, entertain and even fall in love. What was changed? These 11 aspects of life among many more:
Cell phone addicts. Devices contain much of the lives of humans. Access to banks, contacts of loved ones (of which there is no record in any notebook), social security credentials, the most valuable photos, private messages, children’s grades and any application that attracts the user’s attention. They are so important that 4 out of 10 people are afraid to leave their homes without their cell phones. Partly because of what it contains and partly because with them at hand it is easier to get help or stay connected.
And before? Landlines, phone booths on the corners and hopefully a coin in hand.
Without a social network there are no friends… Things advanced even further and emails, chat rooms and finally social networks appeared. The number of networks expanded and some more eccentric ones emerged, such as the social network of infidels and other incredible ones. Such is the case of Stache Passions, a social network for those who are passionate about mustaches and Catmoji, a kind of Pinterest for cats.
Goodbye to manuals and instructions. Learning to do something can be summed up in one word: tutorial. If before you had to read a 100-page manual to reach the famous indication, now it is enough to put the word in Google until the instructions appear. It runs both for complex physics problems and for basket weaving.
No record, no cassette, no CD, no MP3 or MP4. The music industry was one of the most impacted by the arrival of the Internet. Music spread at a great rate and the big companies had to adapt to the point of streaming music.
The best price. If before you had to walk and walk to find prices, now this query has been reduced to a simple search. And if the client is lucky, they may not even have to move from home to look for the precious object.
Thus, physical stores mutated to virtual ones and eCommerce began to grow more and more. Businesses took advantage of the momentum and used all their power of persuasion to get Internet customers.
A matter of love. Until Tinder arrived, many things happened. One of the oldest were the famous chat rooms of different pages where meeting someone was possible. Couples fell in love thanks to emails, chats and then social networks.
There were many cases that, of course, ended badly. It is worth remembering, without going too far back in time, the famous Simon Leviev who even has a Netflix series called “The Tinder Scammer”.
Delivery of everything. What was developed slowly ended up decanting with the Covid-19 pandemic and even the most reluctant people towards technology ended up seduced by a magic word: delivery. A book? Delivery! Food? Delivery! Remedies? Delivery! Clothing? Delivery! Makeup and accessories? Delivery! And so on. Large companies full of motorcycles were born that flooded the cities and reached the most remote places. The consumed, happy and at home.
Everything is viral. Internet users of all ages are more informed than ever. With real news and fake news. Everything they do is portrayed somewhere and many of the videos of their private lives go viral, giving way to the well-known Instagramers, Tiktokers, Youtubers and many more.
These witty and resourceful users took advantage of their talents to rise to fame and thus monetize talents (sometimes unusual) that changed their lives.
Say it with memes… If hieroglyphs existed in Ancient Egypt, today we have emojis and memes. They claim that a picture says more than a thousand words. We will have to wait to see if that is true or not.
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The obsession to measure everything. The sport also registered its changes. And so the applications that measure everything were born. Number of steps, heart rate, breathing, routines, number of calories burned and consumed. kilos and so much more. Delights of the digital age.
If it matters, it has hashtags and if it is fundamental, it is Trend. So many words changed the vocabulary. From one moment to another we began to write without hesitation #in a strange way. Thus, hashtags, at sign, numerals reached the top of “the most talked about” in just 140 characters with the trend topics. Reality? A little and a lot also of fiction.
After all, the Internet came, stayed, took root and grew gigantic. The network of networks preserves information about humanity like never before. And it has algorithms that are constantly changing based on what the “user” wants. All thanks to a click.
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