I can still remember the feeling my first time to visit a website. It was about 20 years ago, I sat in my father’s office and typed in the link of Sohu (which is a portal site similar like yahoo). Although it cost about 2 minutes for delivering all the content to the screen, I still felt that I was connected to the world.
In fact, although internet has been used by United States government in 1960s, the linking of modern Internet for enterprises and civil use was popularised in the early 1990s. And although most of the content were literature and low quality pictures, the users’ experience still must be awful due to the broadband limitation. However, as the broadband improved at the beginning of twenty-first century, people were not satisfied the literature content, videos, audios or even online games had been more and more popular.
Nowadays, this is an era of information explosion. As communication infrastructures are improving, smartphone became increasingly popular. It seems that everyone could get any information they need at anytime. In some part of China, smartphones have been their first devices to access the internet instead of PC or laptops.
On the other hand, information overloaded has been a problem for some people. They spent to much time on smartphones to check the information which they do not need. Furthermore, they started to ignore their families and friends in real lives. That is one of the most negative side-effects of the time of network information.
However, I think this problem would be solved in a short time. Because internet and communication infrastructure are evolving gradually. It is not only an immense information pool any more, but also an extension of our lives. For example, as supporting infrastructures developed, people could manage their financial accounts, make payments or even remote their home applications. I believe that it is the next form of internet and all of these are depending on the development of communication infrastructures.