A paragraph of a sample IELTS essay about the negative effects of telecommunications technology on people's everyday life starts as follows:
It is also likely that people have become increasingly accustomed to living in a world that appreciates convenience and inactivity and they do not want to evade those maxims.
Is this sentence poorly designed in that the writer has used is likely to coupled with the past participle tense, or it is an accepted usage?
I'm not a native, yet the only way I can justify it is, it is likely to was meant, as it were, to connote it is not unfair to say that, it is not far from true to say that or other phrases along with those lines, or else likelihood involves future events and trends, to the best of my knowledge, rather than those having started in the past. Am I right?