When someone is surfing the Internet, they can be referred to as a surfer or a net surfer.
Origin of the phrase
The phrase "surfing the Internet" was coined in February 1992 by computer scientist Mark McCahill. Later that year, author Jean Amour Polly further popularized the phrase in an article titled "Surfing the INTERNET: An Introduction."
The analogy of "surfing the Internet" may have its origins in a comic book published in October 1991 by CERFnet, an early ISP. In the whimsical story called The Adventures of Captain Internet and CERF Boy, a superhero named Captain Internet flies on a magical surfboard with her sidekick. Together they save the Internet from a villain named Count Crackula, who is trying to "crack the network."
What are the requirements for surfing the web?
How to surf the web
Once connected to the Internet, you can surf the web by following hyperlinks you see on a web page. A hyperlink is any text on the web page that is a different color or underlined. For example, "Internet terms" is a hyperlink, and if clicked with a mouse or tapped on a touch screen, a page with Internet-related terms opens.
If you click a hyperlink, you could click another hyperlink on the new page or use the back feature to return to the original page.
As you continue to open new links, you are surfing the web.
Additional locations that help you surf
Online aggregation services can assist you while surfing the Internet. Some of the most popular places include Reddit, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest. Also, you can use a search engine, such as Google, to search for anything that interests you.