We have all seen immense changes to our digital lives in the last few years: mobile devices, apps, digital photography, geolocation, prototyping and streaming media (to name just a few) have advanced at an unprecedented rate.
Maybe it helps to take a look at the story of internet to see how we have got here. Some key milestones:
1971: the first email is sent
1978: the first spam email is sent
1989: the World Wide Web begins as a CERN project called ESQUIRE
1990: the first website is created
1993: the first search engine is launched
1994: the first e-commerce transaction is made
1994: the first banner ad is appears
1995: the first automated order on eBay is made
1998: Google launches
2002: the first social network (Friendster) is launched
2004: Mark Zuckerberg launches thefacebook.com at the Harward University
2006: Facebook becomes an open system
2010: Instagram launches
You can find more milestones in the Internet timeline from Pew Research.