Argument Against In-line Links

When did in-line links become a thing—-better question: when did they become ubiquitous? And why?

I confess that I’ve used in-line links in the past, but it’s only now that I realize how stupid that is. As a writer, why would you ever want to invite people to leave what you’ve written mid-sentence? Seems a lot smarter to put all your links at the end. Maybe it’s just me…