Interesting Facts About the Internet
These days, the internet is almost as common in everyday life as the food we eat. It’s hard to believe that a little over two decades ago, having online connectivity was seen as a luxury that only the creme la creme could afford. Today, we rely so much on the internet for a lot of things in our day to day life that if the world were to lose online connectivity, chaos and anarchy would likely ensue.
As awesome and popular as the internet is, there are many facts relating to it that you may not be aware of. Many of these facts are nothing more than just useless trivia, but they’re incredibly interesting nonetheless, and who knows when they may come in handy. Here are some interesting facts about broadband and the internet that you probably didn’t know.
There are a lot of websites online
Shock horror, the internet has tons of websites, who knew? Yes, okay, you can hold the sarcasm, however, because you’ll likely be surprised when you learn precisely how many websites there are. As of January 2020, there are more than 1.74 BILLION websites online, and coupled with the fact that more businesses are going online in the wake of the coronavirus, that number keeps growing every single day. Some of these websites are awesome, some are horrendous, and some are just plain bizarre, but they are there nonetheless.
1 in 2 people uses the web
We knew that the internet was popular, but did you know it was this popular? Currently, there are 7.8 billion people in the world. As of this writing, there are 4.33 billion active internet users worldwide. Just imagine, that’s half the population of the world!
You can become addicted to the internet
The internet, as awesome as it can be, can also be detrimental to our health and well-being. It is very possible for an individual to become addicted to the internet. The problem is so serious in fact, that in China, there are special camps designated specifically to helping internet addicts looking to break their addiction.
We spend a lot of money online
Whether you’re buying your child a cute outfit to wear during the holidays or a brand-new laptop for work, you can buy virtually anything online. Because of this, we spend a lot of money online. Nigeria has been ranked by PayPal inc as the 3rd highest mobile shopping nation worldwide. And that was in 2016, imagine what the numbers would be like now.
We send a lot of emails
Talking of emails, while most of yours are probably spam, you do get the occasional useful one. But do you know how many emails are sent thanks to the internet and broadband? Well, you’re about to. We send 250 Billion emails every single day.
The internet is water-based
Water and electricity are sworn enemies, but in the case of the internet, there’s an exception. You see, the internet works thanks to a series of underwater ‘submarine communications cables’ which are laid on the sea bed between various stations located on land. In the past, the internet has been disrupted thanks to these cables sustaining damage from numerous things, including ship anchors, and natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Broadband speeds are changing
Back in 2005, the maximum internet speed was 2 Megabits every second. Nowadays however, a little more than a decade later, it is now possible to achieve speeds of 50 Megabits per second with FiberOne Broadband. You’ve heard of super-fast broadband and fiber optic connectivity, and that is an example of it in action.
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