In the past life changing technological developments were few and far between. Now technological developments are causing upheavals in the way we live in the space of a few years. We are subjected to constant change and we are faced with the need for constant adaptation. By 1986 the public could access the Internet, and not just scientists and other people with special training using elaborate codes. Information that they could otherwise not access was now easily available and it was not limited to one country but extended to all countries. By the 1990s, accessing data was made even easier for Internet users who could now use the browser of their choice in getting whatever information they wanted from the World Wide Web, even something as obscure as laser hair removal in Chicago.
The establishment of the Internet Service Provider also marked a significant step forward in the development of the Internet, which expanded to an astounding 300,000 hosts or nodes. By 1992 the number had further exploded to more than a million hosts and Internet traffic posted an almost 342,000 percent growth rate. By 1994, the Internet was being used to market products and services. By 1996 40 million people in 150 countries were considered Internet users. In the new millennium, the Internet, which started out as a military network, was transformed into an academic network, is now available to the human community.