Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee changed the world on August 23, 1991, by inventing the World Wide Web. His invention brought an indelible change in the way we connect, create, and think. He ignited a global wave of changes never seen before. And, incredibly, he did all this for free.
The World Wide Web has given us a way for us to share and find information freely across all of connected humanity. Without a doubt, it has made the world a global village, uniting us all together in the vastness of the internet. Having access to the world wide web has created significant changes in our daily lives. In fact, the impact of the web on society is felt in almost everything we do. From starting a romantic relationship to ordering groceries online, the web has affected how we communicate and how we get information on global events.
We are at a time when society is racing to catch up with developing web technology. Creating social evolutions that have impacted how we celebrate significant life events like weddings, graduations, and baby announcements. Here are a few ways that the World Wide Web changed our lives.
Its impact on e-commerce
One of the most significant ways the web has revolutionized our lives is how we shop and how companies advertise their products and services to us. Online buying has become the main distribution channel for goods and services. Today, you can get the same-day delivery of numerous products — from new shoes to fresh groceries — by just a click of a button or a voice command. Online buying is quick, easy, and convenient. You can as well get whatever you need in the comfort of your home.
Websites such as Amazon and eBay have helped change how we shop, as well; they changed consumer buying from shops on the street to virtual shopping. Additionally, having access to a global marketplace has led to cheaper prices compared to physical shops. Moreover; these stores sell almost anything you can think of, including groceries, cars, clothing, and many more. The world wide web has also made marketing and advertisements easy by enabling companies to promote their services and products on social networks at affordable rates.
How it affected social media
Within a short time, websites have become many people’s medium of choice for sharing photos, videos, and lots more. They use social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Linked, MySpace, Snapchat to share this information. Because of this, we are now able to forge friendships — or engage in a petty argument online! — with people across the world.
Its role in office working
Today’s office is significantly different from the ones of some years back. Because of high internet speed connections, workers get fast hand information they need to perform their duties. Video conference calls and presentations with colleagues on the other side of the world are also common in the present office setup. This has been made possible by the web invention. Moreover, computers can multitask and perform other duties like scheduling meetings, writing memos, and sending emails. In some industries, computers can be used to carry out complicated and time-consuming tasks such as processing large amounts of data and designing buildings.
The world wide web and romance
The internet and the web have changed how people look for and find love. You don’t have to know someone to love her/him. There is no pressure on how you’ll be talking to your crush for the first time. You can now meet your partner or make new friends by the simple act of downloading an app and filling up your profile. There are different sites just meant for dating and others for professional relationships.
Before the World Wide Web, people used to physically visit banking halls to check the most basic financial transactions. But things have changed; you can now make payments across the globe, transfer money, and pay bills online, while sitting in the comfort of your house.