A world of change dot com TODAY, LIFE IS VERY DIFFERENT FOR CHILDREN THAN FOR THOSE WHO GREW UP IN THE 1980s - SO ARE THINGS BETTER OR WORSE AFTER THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION? 1 36 | JUN E 2 017 W hen millennial mums and dads were growing up, the virtual world was little more than an idea. Then computer scientist Tim BernersLee invented the world wide web in 1989 and everything changed. Phone technology was also embryonic - Motorola released its first handheld mobile phone in 1983 and it took almost a decade before they were widespread. Eighties kids couldn't imagine life without TV and music; for their children, 'offline only' is very difficult to comprehend. So, has technology made things better?