Internet, a computer networking system which has revolutionized global communication and systems of trade by enabling different computer networks all over the world to connect. Some call it a global village but in fact, the Internet simply refers to a set of interconnected computer networks which links different computers together through the use of high-speed links (IPc) and content delivery charges or cable networks. Sometimes called a virtual network, the Internet really emerged in the U.S. in the late 1970s but didn’t become noticeable to the public until sometime later in the 1990s.
The Internet today is widely used by people from all walks of life to communicate with others and to exchange information. With millions of users accessing the Internet on a daily basis, it is not surprising to see how the Internet has become such a prominent and accepted part of our lives. With so many different social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, there are now many different avenues through which you can connect and interact with people around the globe. The Internet has enabled us to expand and make businesses that were not possible before – even within our own lifetimes.
Even though the Internet is widely used throughout the U.S., it is still considered to be a very unique communications technology, one that provides an unparalleled level of flexibility and benefits. Not only is the Internet used for commercial purposes, it has also opened new avenues for educational purposes, as well as for research and for networking. Many schools are making use of the Internet as a means of communication and for conducting class research. And yet, at this very moment, the Internet is considered to be an almost universal tool. Although it is not widely used by U.S. citizens, Internet connections are available throughout the nation.