The Internet started out as a military experiment in the 1960s, and gradually rolled into diverse communities and networks over the years. Ever since, it has only grown exponentially in terms of the best technology, cultures, and businesses.
The Internet also has some of the strangest facts, as outlined below:
Typical Internet Message Size is Pretty Small: Did you know that the message size of an email message, about 50 Kilobytes in size, is about 8 billion electrons. That makes it weigh less than the even quadrillionth of an ounce.
Internet Access Extends to Billions of Users Worldwide: About 2.4 Billion people access the World Wide Web. Out of this huge user base, more than 2 Billion people use it on a weekly basis.
Data in Motion on the Internet is Surprisingly Small: Physicist Russel Seitz calculated that the billions and billions of bytes of data moving as electrons weigh approximately 50 grams. He compared these 2 ounces weight of data to a single strawberry.
The World Wide Web Connects Billions of Diverse Machines: Over 8.7 billion machines including smartphones, desktops, tablets, GPS units, servers, refrigerators, watches and soda pop machines, are all connected to an Internet consisting of 8.7 Billion machines. These coupled devices are expected to grow to 40 Billion by the year 2020.
The Internet Consumes Million of Horsepower in Terms of Electricity: Russell Seitz and Michael Stevens calculated the electricity power consumption of the Internet as around 50 million brake horsepower for powering its Billions of devices.
The World Wide Web’s Static Data Storage Weighs Surprisingly Less: Data at rest on the Internet or in other words, static data storage weighs less than even a grain of sand. This insignificant size represents the enormous mass of data on all the hard drives and transistors, measuring up to 5 million Terabytes of data.
Asia Singularly Features the Major Portion of Internet Users: Internet users in Asia are about 1.7 Billion, which makes up for more than half of the total population of the World Wide Web. Most of the Internet users are located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and India. To cater the language of the majority of the Internet users, web pages are published in the main Asian languages in conjunction to English.
Electrons are moving Across the Internet Typically Cover Short Distances: The largest distance that an electron move over the Internet is about a dozen meters between different machines on the Internet. In this way, the signals from electrons are consumed by devices on the network, before being transferred to the next device on the network. Data exchange over the World Wide Web owing to this repetitive cycle happens in only second fractions.
The Majority of Americans Rely on the World Wide Web: Up to 78% Americans rely on the Internet to accomplish their day to day activities. The World Wide Web is an integral part of users in North America and all across the world.
Media Streaming and File Sharing Comprises about Half of the Total Web Traffic: Books, movies, photos, software, and music are the different forms of media users on the Internet. During the recent years, YouTube and Torrent file sharing have gained widespread popularity. Online radio and websites such as Netflix, Spotify, and Hulu constitute almost half of the traffic on the World Wide Web.
YouTube File Sharing is Most Prominent and Frequent: As many as 72 hours of YouTube video is uploaded every 72 hours, and the videos are mostly about dance, cats, and other amateur videos. Most users like to share crazy videos on YouTube in the hope of making the video go viral.
Online Dating Helps Generate Sizable Revenue Every Year: About 1 Billion dollars in revenue is generated from online dating every year as per estimates from PC World and Reuters. Typical websites dedicated to online dating services charge as much as $30 per month, making it a source of consistent revenue.
Japan and South Korea Score Best in Terms of Infrastructure: The Internet infrastructure in South Korea and Japan is fastest on a global scale, as per Akamai estimates. This is evident in the high bandwidth availability at 22 Mbps, which is almost three times the average bandwidth available in the United States.