The History and Influence of the Internet

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You’ve just had a very long day at work, and you eat dinner, maybe watch some T.V., then sign on to your computer. What’s the first thing you do? Check your E-Mail, sign onto one of your favorite websites, or log into Facebook to see if you have any notifications? None of which would even be possible if it weren’t for the Internet. The Internet, simply put is a worldwide system of interconnected networks and computers that permits data to be widely transferred among computers. I will discuss how the Internet started and how it has influenced our society. Unarguably one the best inventions ever created, a single universal network of networks that connects the entire world together. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, America was completely shocked. At the Cold War’s peak, these two countries were bitter enemies, and the United States thought that if the Soviet Union could launch a satellite into space, it would also be possible they could send a missile to North America. President Eisenhower created the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1958 as a direct response to Sputnik's launch. It’s purpose was to give a technological edge over other counters. Obviously computers are not what they are today, and back then they were huge and only had a fraction of the power your phone has today. Back then there was no simple way to connect a computer to another, so the ARPA enlisted the help of Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) to create the first computer network called ARPANET. Skipping ahead, the next major achievement was to connect the computers wirelessly instead of using phone lines. In 1973, after three years of work engineers figured out a way to connect ARPANET to the packet radio network (PRNET), which used ... ... middle of paper ... ... average person in the United States, not including computer time used for work, is 66 hours. Of these 66 hours, 7 hours were spent on Facebook, which is more time spent on Google, Yahoo, Youtube, Microsoft/Bing, Wikipedia and Amazon combined. Another fact I found very interesting is that perspectively if people, instead of cyberslacking, got paid $5 an hour to go on Facebook, they would collectively earn almost a billion dollars a day. they would collectively make There are also about 11 billion web searches per month, in the United States alone, where two-thirds of which are made through Google, who actually owns 2% of the entire worlds servers and growing. 20 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute, where the average user watches 3 hours of streaming video. And the most outstanding, 210 billion emails are sent daily, where about 80% of those are spam.
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