ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

how was the internet invented

The internet was invented by a group of people working together. It started with a big idea that lots of different computers could talk to each other, kind of like how people can talk to each other across the world. All these computers would share information, like how people share stories. To make this happen, the people who invented the internet had to make a lot of rules that would tell the computers how to talk to each other, so it worked like a language. Then, they had to build a lot of the pieces that go into making the internet - like the cables and signals and software. Finally, when everything was put together, it was like the world had suddenly grown a lot bigger, because people could now connect to computers or phones from almost anywhere!