How Has The Web Changed The World? (According Scientific Research)


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How Has The Web Changed The World? (According Scientific Research)

How has the web changed the world? Is a highly researched topic and it's broader than our entire communications networks.

Right down to our unique "identities." Which can surprisingly also get Stolen; these days. Thanks the power of the internet!

But not All is dark and gloomy. There are more Pros, than Cons. Which depends on whether you see the glass as half full, empty.

While the realities can be debated on either perspectives. we'll get in a bit...

Instead of rambling about the obvious changes. I decided to dig a little bit deeper. As you can imagine; I came across some interesting discoveries.

So How Has The Web Changed The World According To Scientific Research:

Now this is way Bigger than the average Joe (like myself of course). Although it includes the average home and small business user.

Ultimately! It spreads it's wings a lot further into more complex channels, such as:

  • Countries and military network defense, medical data breach, scientific information, tertiary content, governments, corporations, rivalry, etc.
  • It's dominance are clearly visible in the way it propels global economies. And the irresistible power of its efficiency.
  • But we don't have to look that far. Your altered behavior is living proof of how addictive it became. Right?
Since the 90s, traditional telephony networks has changed. Voice calls once dominated networks, while data was a tiny fraction. Today's Higher data consumption rates; from the internet: Are more demanding than voice. According Growth of the Internet Research:

(K.G.Coffman and A.M.Odlyzko AT&TLabs-)

Even traditional voice lines are now transformed into VoIP ( Voice over Internet Protocol).

Using data packets as a means and internet infrastructure as a medium. Examples of such is: Skype calls, video calls, calls over PBX (Private Box Exchange servers).

That being said I can add that during a work conference at the Telecommunications Giant; I worked for.

It was discovered through research. That cellphone subscribers, are more like to prefer instant messaging; over voice.

People Prefer Chatting, Over Voice Calls For Many Reasons:
  1. 1) The drivers behind this switch in consumer behavior. Is the simplicity, speed and convenience of text messaging.
  2. You can pretty much communicate with your entire network of friends. While participating in other private/professional activities.
  3. Which is difficult on voice and the other reasons may be that people secretly despise talking too much:

2) WhatsApp, iMessaging, Social media, emails. Are therefore primary communication channels and lastly comes phone call.

All these Apps use the internet medium as a transport mode. Again this demonstrates the resourcefulness of the web.

Mobile Phones Were Initially Created For Phone Calls| But We Use Them Mostly For Data; Instead:

As a standard procedure on Cellphone Networks: Voice calls are given first preferences over data. Because phones were created for phone calls. Right?

  • But in nowadays; users are more likely to put messaging first. They use there smartphones up to 90% for text and social media.
  • They changed from traditional calls to contact support departments. To connecting on social sites or other online support channels. They seem to avoid voice at all cost.
  • Unless they are really forced by circumstances. They eventually make a call. Perhaps having to report late for work, making appointments, calling clients, etc.
  • Even recruitment agencies choose online applications, as opposed to calls. The call comes only if they consider your application as a suitable candidate.
Further the web is closely connected to our Smartphones. Data has now dominated the once known to be telephony networks.

How Has The Web Changed Society?

The internet has shaped the globe. By transforming how we live on land, talk to people, travel, meet friends, game and so on. In a way that it became the new normal.

We spend most our time in cyber space. Which became a replacement for planet earth as a foundation of life.

  1. We became inseparable with our: Android smartphones, iPhones, tablets, iPads and desktops. Instead of our families.
  2. It literally controls our lives and global economies: It's the heart-beat of business operations, research, growth, knowledge and everything else; in between.
  3. In fact it became our new world: The lights, water pumps, business systems, architecture, smart homes, shopping, dating, friendship, etc. Depends on the World-Wide-Web.

Even Countries Protect The Cyber Space With Cyber Defense Systems

According to research: Countries has military defense systems. Designed and equipped; to protect their cyber space. Similar like their air space, sea and land. Proving the internet became a new plane of existence.
Cybersecurity and cyber defence With the power of the internet comes the need for network security. According to annual reports states are using the medium, not only to spy on each other. But also to launch advanced cyber-attacks.

How Has The Web Changed The World Negatively:

Would be a more suitable title for the idea of cyber war. Which are not only limited to the broader perspective. But straight down to us the home and business users.

Positively it can be viewed as an opportunity to understand the details. And ultimately Grasp the bigger picture.

Although we won't be able to Comprehend it's capacity. At least it will make us Aware Of The Opportunities vs the Risks.


The Risks And Benefits Of The World-Wide-Web:

The medium covers the entire globe and drives economies. Likewise does it come with threats and weaknesses. Like any other product, nothing is perfect.

But combining it with an appropriate network protection software, good online practices and mindset. Can help you avoid the negatives and chaos.

Of a similar power can businesses seek the most suitable cyber defense method, that vibrates with their online demands.

By Far Does Online Benefits Outweigh The Cons:

But You carefully have to consider the: Strengths vs the Weakness of your relationship to it.

Likewise should you realistically accept the reality of cyber attacks, that penetrates home and business networks.

The Motives Behind These Threats Are Financially And Sometimes Emotionally Driven:

For instance the rivalry that exists between competing: Politicians, lawyers, Estate Agents, employees, businesses, insecure lovers and so on.

These desires are now equipped, with a resource to invade, spy, record, hack, socially destroy, etc. Without even having to set foot near your the victim's doorstep.

Data leaks, Privacy Exposure, Online Profiles Can Now Diminish Your Reputation:

Like night and day. Going forward; the opportunities may equal the risks. Network and Online Privacy security are two of the biggest threats for users.

In this regard, new online policies, rules and standards are implemented. To manage the flow of information, how we use, access and store it.

Including the credibility of random information, that we consume online. This has a major influences on our behaviors, beliefs and decisions.

Common Examples How Our Language Are Changed:
  • We use "Google" as a word that describes action. We Google: Directions, advice, product comparisons, like minded people, ideas and so on.
  • We became reclusive people. Instead we: Tap our phones in public instead of verbally connecting with others.
  • We say thing like: I will "WhatsApp" you later or meet your on Face Book.
  • Our Verbs are transformed into "Brand Names." And family members are mostly occupied on their phones, instead of talking.

Since the arrival of the web, we became profiles. If someone hack your smartphone, online accounts or computers. They literally steal your identity and becomes You!

Why are mobile devices more important than computers?

According research during the year 2000 in the U.S.A. They compared revenues generated from internet connections, to the entire telephone industry.

They discovered that the internet revenues, were just under $25 billion. While revenues from the telephone industry happened to be around $300 billion that year.

The above included wireless communication, data services and some private lines for businesses.

What Can We Learn From This Findings?

This clearly shows how dominant portable devices and data became. The fact that it comfortably fits, into our busy lifestyles. Makes it even more desirable .

But as our needs for mobility increases so does the need for security. Since portable devices are more likely to get lost, stolen and are more vulnerable to data leaks.

If Someone Access Your Data, They Actually Access Your Secrets:

We all have financial secrets and sensitive data on some level. Such as medical histories,search histories, passwords, etc. It's part of our identities and need for privacy.

So if someone wants to see your private values or thoughts. All they have to do is monitor your search histories, saved data or location.

The vast amounts of money that consumers investments on mobile devices. Betrays our weaknesses:

Which is the fact that we keep our data on us. As we go about our daily responsibilities.

We Are Emotionally Connected To The Internet

The internet empowers the hidden desires for freedom, privacy, connection, communication, companionship, knowledge, influence and so on.

We know how sensitive even our spouses becomes; over their mobile device.

And we regard a smart device as a private resource. Even among marriage folks. Who vowed transparency.

Is the Internet Taking Over Our Lives?

It already has! The fact that you use it as a tool to make decisions, in almost every aspect of life.

Clearly establishes the depth of how it's connected to you. You are more likely to research information.

That you dare not even mention to friends. Like rare diseases, problems or challenges.

You more likely to research queries like: Anus bleeding, private part problems or deep insecurities online. Rather than announcing it to friends.

Example Of Web Dominance In Our Society Are:
  • Banks, Colleges, Universities, Birth and Deaths, Production, Mass And Complex Calculations, etc. Are all dependent on the internet.
  • Your Country's secrets, Military information, health, blueprint plans, Company secrets, Security numbers, tax numbers and so on. Are all stored in large databases, upon databases of information.
  • The internet and computer networks are more efficient, dedicated and accurate. Which is ideal for managing accounts, driving revenues, remember information and obey commands. In comparison to people.

The world has become much easier to manage. It also became much smaller since the arrival of the internet.

Why Is The Net A Necessity?

It is capable of efficiently organizing, calculating, processing and manage complex information.

There are many: Sophisticated systems, portals, software and electronics to help it accomplish its tasks.

Without the it: All major productions, complex algorithms, functions and operations of the modern world.

Seizes to exist and markets will collapse. Because the web has changed your outlook to Search Engines.

Can You Imagine A Day Without Your Smartphone Or The Internet? You turn now, please share your thoughts below.

References and citations:
  • Cyber Defense In Depth: Designing Cyber Security Agency Organization For Turkey Journal for Control, Measurement, Electronics, Computing and Communications.
  • By Darko Galinec, Darko Mo┼żnik & Boris Guberina (2017)
  • To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00051144.2017.1407022
  • [Coffman O1] K.G.Coffman and A.M.Odlyzko,The size and growth rate of the Internet. First Monday,Oct.1998,http://firstmonday.org/
  • [CoffmanO2] Also available at http://www.research.att.com/amo. K.G.Coffman and A.M.Odlyzko, Internet growth:Is the real “Moore's Law” for data traffic?
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  • “Cyber Threats for Mobile Phones” http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/cyber_threats_to_mobile_phones.pdf
  • “Password Security, Protection, and Management” http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/PasswordMgmt2012.pdf
  • Advanced Encryption Standard” (AES) http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/fips/fips197/fips-197.pdf

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