Image Credit: Pew Research Internet Project - The Web at 25 in the U.S.

Image Credit: Pew Research Internet Project – The Web at 25 in the U.S.

Gary Price, writing for INFOdocket (Library Journal) highlights findings from a new report from Pew Internet on the impact of the Web in the last 25 years. “This first report looks back at the rapid change in internet penetration over the last quarter century, and covers new survey findings about Americans’ generally positive evaluations of the internet’s impact on their lives and personal relationships.”

From Pew’s Susannah Fox and Lee RainieThis report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Lee wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web.  He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computers called the internet—a system that linked computers and that had been around for years. The Web became especially appealing after Web browsers were perfected in the early 1990s to facilitate graphical displays of pages on those linked computers.

Concerning overall judgement about the impact, “90% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for them personally and only 6% say it has been a bad thing, while 3% volunteer that it has been some of both.”

Click here to read the report.

Thank you Edward Vawter for posting this on LinkedIn.

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