The World Wide Web is preparing to celebrate its 25th birthday in March.
Before the first Web browser was created, the Internet was a very different place. The browser 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 had already been around for years.
A new report by the Pew Research Center looks at how the World Wide Web has changed the internet and our lives. Take a look at how much our experience with the internet has changed, by the numbers.
March 12, 1989: 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
90 percent: Americans who think that the Internet has been a good thing for them personally.
58 percent: Americans who own a smartphone.
$75,000: Income level were Internet usage almost becomes ubiquitous. A full 99 percent of Americans who report this much household income are on the Web.
28 percent: Landline telephone owners who would find it “very hard” to give up their phones. That is a big drop from 2006, when 48 percent of landline owners struggled with the idea of giving up their phones.
11 percent: The gap between those who would find it “very hard” to give up the Internet (46 percent) and television (35 percent).
3-to-1: Ratio of Internet users who think that social media strengthens their relationships versus those who think it weakens them.
76 percent: Internet users who say the people they witness or encounter online are “mostly kind” to each other.
To get the Pew Research Center's full "Web at 25 in the U.S." report, click here.
Craig Mason of Los Osos hadn't heard from his brother for days when he finally received a text Wednesday. He thought his brother was fishing with friends in Baja California when he learned that Hurricane Odile had wreaked havoc in the Mexican resort.
Sherrie Gibbs routinely takes her 14 year old dog Quigley out for walks in the Janin Acres subdivision in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley and is not surprised to learn that coyotes and mountain lions are roaming around her neighborhood.