Published: Mar 12, 2014 5:50 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 12, 2014 8:51 AM EDT

CNN - Think back to your life before your smartphone. Or, if you can, to life before shopping, researching, and messaging via the internet.

The World Wide Web has made life a lot easier, and a lot more interesting for everyone. But before the idea was born 25 years ago, the Internet was a very different and complicated place.

In march of 1989, music was on the radio, all the news was fit to print and TV was by appointment viewing only.

25 years later, that's all changed.

On March 12th, 1989 computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper proposing the architecture that would become the World Wide Web. His intent: a simple file-sharing service for scientists. Instead, it paved the way for the tech giants of today, to simplify the things we do everyday.

In 1995 a mere 14% of Americans told the Pew Research Center they used the internet. According to Pew, that number jumped to 46% by 2000, and stands at 87% today.

Some have their own ideas for marking the web's silver anniversary, but most will likely keep downloading, tweeting, posting and pinning, without too much thought about the 25 years behind it.