The World Wide Web celebrates a birthday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you are younger than 30, you probably cannot remember a time when you didn't have internet access. The World Wide Web turned 25 years old this year and according to a recent survey, many people feel that the internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users.

The inventor of the WWW as we know it today was Sir Tim Berners-Lee and he changed the internet from a clunky, geeky system only tech-types could understand to what we know and love today.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton reviewed a Pew Internet Research study and found some stats she thought you might want to know:

1. 87% of American adults now use the internet,

2. If you are in the age range of 18-29 and in the US, 97% of you use the Internet!

3. 68% of adults connect via mobile devices vs. computers!

Views of the internet:

90% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for them

76% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for society

67% of internet users say their online communication with family and friends has strengthened those relationships

Survey information:

Pew Internet Study, "The Web at 25 in the U.S."

The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from January 9-12, 2014, among a sample of 1,006 adults, age 18 and older. Telephone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline and cell phone. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. For results based on internet users (N=857), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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