You perhaps use it every single day, even now, right? However, how well do you know this mesmerizing innovation that has continued to shape the life of humans living in the third planet from the Sun?
Since its invention in the 1960’s, the Internet has metamorphosed from a mere military experiment into a massive living organism clouded with queerness, outlandishness, and thrill.
From the time the World Wide Web was launched in 1989, the Internet has experienced remarkable development in technology, business, and culture.
Here are the top 10 startling facts that illustrate the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Get yourself a cup of virtual coffee and sip it slowly together with this interesting information.
- The Internet and the World Wide Web are two different things
Has it caught you unawares? Yes, it is true that the Internet and the World Wide Web are like husband and wife. Their marriage exists together but still retain their own individual identities.
The World Wide Web (which we commonly call the Web since we like short cuts) exists “on top of” the Internet.
The Internet’s network is present at the core of the Web, and the two need one another for their relationship to prosper.
The Internet refers to an extensive network of networks that connect millions of computers together throughout the globe using a vast array of wires and wireless technologies.
The computers are connected just like roads and highways. The World Wide Web is the compilation of linked pages that are accessed using the Internet and a web browser such as Internet Explorer of Firefox.
Every web page can be a collection of text, pictures, audio clips, or any other material.
- The Internet’s growth is impressive
The Internet is growing very fast! The radio took almost forty years to reach 50 million users. Television took about 15 years to reach 50 million users. And, the Internet took only 5 years to surpass that number of users.
The approximated number of pages that have been indexed by the major search engines currently stands at 4.54 billion pages. Out of over the 7 billion people in the world, more than 2.4 billion are Internet users.
So, if the Internet were a country, it would need a combination of the population of China and India (the two most populous countries) to match up with its population.
The number of Internet users continues to grow and grow and soon the population of a third country, the United States, will have to be added to match up with its population.
- The weight of the Internet and strawberry are equal
Making some mathematical assumptions, the trillions of “data-in-motion” moving electrons that transverse the Internet total to about 50 grams; that is, 2 ounces. Is that the same weight as that of a strawberry? Absolutely yes!
Amazingly, it needs more than 50 million horsepower to enable those 50 grams of electrons run comfortably around the online space.
Once Internet users press the pedal to the floor, the gobs and gobs of energy released is more than the power of all the hybrid vehicles in the United States.
It is also amazing that the weight of the Internet’s static data storage (“data-at-rest”) is very negligible.
When the mass of the hard drives and transistors are not considered, it is unimaginable that the weight of the 5 million terabytes of Internet data is the same as that of a tiny grain of salt.
It is fascinating that something so big in our lives can have such a small weight.
- Romance has a new leaf on the Internet
An increasing number of people have used the World Wide Web as a means of finding love and friendship. Dating has moved a notch higher and found a new leaf in the digital world.
According to Reuters and PC World, the number of individuals in the U.S. who have attempted online dating is over 40 million.
In fact, the lucrative industry of online dating generates about 1 billion dollars every year. Currently, one in six marriages takes place because the couple clicked for one another through the Internet.
Notably, various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have gained popularity over the past couple of years.
People spend most of their time staying in touch with normal friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, grandchildren, and cyber bullies through these applications.
The Pew Internet Project’s research reports that 74% of online adults participate in social media sites.
It is amazing that the dynamics of romance are keeping pace with the times.
- The Internet is censored in some countries
It is unbelievable that in this age of freedom and democracy, some countries, particularly in Asia and Middle East, still suppress what can be accessed and published on the World Wide Web.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has recorded that in such places, the governments restrict the use of this media and enforce heavy penalties to those who dare to go against their draconian directives.
For example, in Turkmenistan, the government of the day blocks access to several websites and blogs they think will poke holes into their totalitarianism.
Another example is China, which is regarded to be having the strictest censorship policies in the globe.
If you are in such countries and want to let the world know about the brutality of their police force, you will need to consider whether you still love your neck or you can do without it.
- The Internet is a source addiction
In spite of its many benefits, Internet also poses the problem of addiction to its users. As the Internet increasingly becomes popular throughout the world, this destructive and disengaging habit is also “viral” in its own way.
Many people are addicted to social media sites, reading list-based sites, looking for new food recipes, unlocking censored material, and launching blogs to reveal the misfortune of others.
In the world, about 15% of intensive Internet use is not normal. China, the first country in the world to declare Internet addiction to be a major problem, has over 14% of its teenagers addicted to this “electronic heroin”.
In fact, China has treatment clinics for Internet addicts! In Hong Kong, the numbers are more worrying.
It is approximated that over 40% of its youngsters there are more in love with the digital world than the real world.
In the United States, it is approximated that one in eight people are addicted to the Internet.
- The Internet is home for several successful companies
Google. Amazon. Facebook. Alibaba. These are just some popular companies that have succeeded in leveraging the power of the Internet to make gazillions of dollars.
In one second (that is, before you stop reading this), Google earns $658, Amazon earns $40, and Facebook earns $81.
Currently, most companies use the Internet to scale their marketing efforts. It is estimated that about 60% of businesses rely on the Internet to acquire new customers.
The Internet has also enabled people to start their own businesses. In the U.S., it is estimated that about 10 million people are self-employed. And, most of them rely on the power of the Internet to carry out their businesses.
- The Internet is full of strange statistics
With the increasing growth of the Internet, it is estimated that by 2015, worldwide Internet traffic will be about one zettabyte. A zettabyte is equal to a HD movie that is playing for thirty-six million years!
Each day, over 100,000 new .COM domain names are registered in the Internet. By the end of 2015, it is estimated that over 15 billion different machines will be connected to the Internet. This figure is projected to grow to 40 billion machines by 2020.
It requires more than 2 billion electrons to generate a single email message. And, more than 204 million emails are sent every minute. So, how much electrons is that per minute?
Today, the Internet is 8750 days old. Check http://howoldistheinter.net/ to stay updated.
- Majority of web users are in East Asia
Users in East Asia account for 45.7% of global web usage, trailed by Europe (19.2%), Latin America/Caribbean (10.5%), and North America (10.2%). Amazingly, most people in 24 countries have not tasted life in the digital world since they are completely offline.
In North America, the World Wide Web is prevalent with real-time entertainment, which accounts for almost 60% of the entire traffic. In 2013, about 30% of this alone was due to Netflix.
South Koreans, boasting of the fastest average Internet connection speed in the world at 23.6 Mbps, are able to enjoy online entertainment better than the Americans can. Does this make you jealous?
- The Internet has not forgotten where it started
The first website, launched on August 6, 1991, can still be found online. It contains only 165 words and 25 links to extra details regarding the pioneering initiative.
The phrase “surfing the Internet”, which is still commonly used today, was created by Jean Armour Polly, aka “Net Mom”, when she made a publication to the University of Minnesota library bulletin in 1992.
The idea of posting pictures online started with Berners-Lee when he uploaded the first photo to the Web in 1992. The picture, titled “Les Horribles Cernettes”, is of a comedy band of women from CERN, a prominent center for scientific research.
That seems to be reason why currently about 74% of photos on the Internet are of women. Did he set the pace?