The internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, telephony, and file sharing.
The origins of the Internet date back to research commissioned by the United States federal government in the 1960s to build robust, fault-tolerant communication with computer networks. The primary precursor network, the ARPANET, initially served as a backbone for interconnection of regional academic and military networks in the 1980s. The funding of the National Science Foundation Network as a successor to the ARPANET was approved in October 1974. Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has greatly affected culture and commerce, including the rise of near-instant communication by electronic mail, instant messaging, telephony, and two-way interactive video calls. The Internet has also enabled individuals and organizations to publish ideas and information to a potentially large audience online at greatly reduced expense and time delay. The Internet continues to grow, driven by ever greater amounts of online information and knowledge, commerce, entertainment and social networking.
According to researchers, the Internet is increasingly reshaping our brains and how we think. The way we read, write, and even think is being altered by the constant stream of input from the Internet. The way we process information is changing, as is the way we store and retrieve information.
Some of the changes are positive, such as the way the Internet has made research easier and more convenient. However, there are also some negative changes, such as the way the Internet can lead to shorter attention spans and less ability to think deeply about complex issues.
The Internet is having a profound effect on our brains. It is changing the way we think, the way we learn, and the way we process information. The changes are both positive and negative, but one thing is certain: the Internet is changing the way we think.