Internet and technology: A history of growth (1984-2013)

The Internet may not have been around for as long as the telephone, television, or car, its hold on our lives remains undeniable.

There are 2.7 billion users and 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions around the world right now. Yet, as mind-boggling as these numbers are, they are nothing compared to what the next few years have in store. For example, by the beginning of the 2020s, literally everyone should have access to an Internet connection!

Before the future catches up to us, let’s see what happened in the last two decades. Check out the great infographic below.

Infographic: The Incredible Growth of Web Usage [1984-2013] created by


  1. deeannr says


    It is truly amazing how the internet has exploded in the
    first twenty years. To go from connecting 1000 hosts at universities and
    corporations to linking 4.4millions just over 20 years later is amazing growth.

    To think there were only 134 websites in the early 90’s
    to 634 million websites 20 years later is phenomenal.

    I love these infographics that give all of the
    statistics. They are really good.

    Dee Ann

  2. says

    Hi Cendrine,
    I just read Adrienne’s Thankful Thursdays blog and came over to yours. I am so glad I did!

    It just amazes me how fast technology grows. My mom just moved in with us and the first thing she did was to have us set up her computer. Now she is a social media junkie! She is 82 and when she hears something on the news, she quickly Googles to find out more about it.
    I’m also fascinated of how quickly things have moved to mobile users. Just when I figured out how to do certain things on my blog, I had to learn how to go mobile!

    Never say never! It was only a few months ago when I said “I’ll never use my cell phone for anything but ….” Now I have an IPhone and within a few months cannot live without it.

    How easy it is for us to pick up technology!
    Thanks for the Inforgraphic….It really makes you think!


    • says

      Hello Donna,

      Thank you for stopping by!

      I agree, things have changed so quickly. Before you know it, there is a new toy to play with. lol

      My grandma is 82 as well, and she is so computer savvy it amazes me!

      I haven’t crossed over the smartphone world yet. My cell phone is more than 3 years old and works like a charm. lol

      I hope you visit the blog again.


  3. says

    Hey Cendrine,

    It is amazing how far we have come along as far as when it comes to the internet and technology. I practically grew up with it starting with the Apple IIe all the way up to my cell phone now LOL… Times have changed a lot.

    Now I work in IT at a school district and I’ve seen many of these changes since I’ve been here. From the thinkpads when I first started in 2002 all the way up to using IoS devices such as Ipads, Ipods, Iphones, etc… These kids do not know what they have :) I can remember when if you had 500 megs of hard drive space then you were the man! Now days, it’s not acceptable LOL. I love this infograph and thank you for sharing!

  4. Adrienne says

    I have to tell you Cendrine, looking at that infographic makes me feel really really old!

    I don’t remember when computers came on the scene but they weren’t in the classrooms when I was going to school. It wasn’t until 1982 that I worked on my first computer and that was in an order department for a wholesale company. I can’t even remember the first time I was introduced to the internet but trust me, it wasn’t really all that long ago. I’m seriously thinking it was probably around 2000. I mean the companies I worked for just didn’t use it you know! I didn’t even get my first home computer until probably around 2003 or maybe 2004. I mean why! I worked on the darn thing all day long…

    Now I started working online in 2007 and think I was introduced to Facebook the next year and I joined but didn’t do anything with it for about eight months because I found it to be very user unfriendly. It really was confusing back then ya know!

    My goodness how things have evolved. My Mom is even on the internet and she’s 88 years old. She emails everyday and she checks the obituaries to see who died. From time to time she’ll look something up on Google and she gets so excited when she finds what she wants. She’s too cute!

    Thanks for sharing this and boy did I just tell on myself. LOL!!!


    • says

      Hello Adrienne, thank you for stopping by!

      I still remember the old computer I had at home. My mom had to spend the whole day typing codes for me to play a game! I recall waiting feverishly for everything to be done and be able to play for like 30 minutes before going to bed!

      That’s the kind of things kids don’t have to worry about anymore now. They have no clue what it was like. lol

      My grandmother is 82 and she uses the Internet better than me at times!

      Like you, it took me a while to get used to Facebook and Twitter. I joined both sites around the same time but really had to give myself a good kick in the bum to use them. They felt so unfriendly! Well, it was a time when people just shared updates about their latest meals, so it wasn’t too exciting! LOL

      Thank you again for stopping by.

    • says

      While computers weren’t ubiquitous until I was in college, I just wonder how amazing things must be for kids these days when you have powerful computers in your pocket. It’s not surprising that the younger generations are coming up with fantastic startups, they have all those teenage years to think about it.

      Your story about your mom reminds me of my grandfather poking around on Facebook. I can’t imagine what it must be like for him. For him, he grow up during World War 2 where it was tough to even get a letter from loved ones. Now you can Skype and see your grand children across the world. Amazing…

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