10 Mind-blowing Internet Facts That You Have to See to Believe
Three people walk into a bar. One wants to buy a dress, another wants to check in on his cousin and the last person is trying to find a date to meet up with.
What do all three of these people do to achieve their desired goals?
They go online!
Alright. We admit that wasn’t much of a riddle but it does lay down the groundwork for what we’re going to be talking about here.
The internet is hugely popular. It’s something that more people than the internet’s architects every thought possible use and if you’re reading this blog post, you’re part of the pro-internet camp.
Despite how central the internet is to our lives, most of us know very little about it. To remedy that issue, our team has compiled 10 interesting internet facts that we think you’re going to enjoy reading!
1. The Internet’s Population Is Massive and Growing
Take a guess as to how many people access the internet regularly? We’re willing to bet that whatever you guessed falls well below the actual number of today’s internet users.
According to Internet World Stats, nearly 4.5 billion people use the internet! That number is billions more than the number of people that were using it back in 2010 and over half of the world’s population.
With how fast the world’s population is growing and people’s increased reliance on the internet, there is a lot of worry as to whether or not the internet is going to buckle under all of its user’s weight!
2. The Internet’s Birthday Might Surprise You
Depending on how old you are, you might not even remember a year where the internet didn’t exist. If that’s the case for you, we’re going to blow you away with this internet facts favorite.
That means that the internet is only 28-years old!
3. Real Estate on the Internet Is Expanding
Given the number of people that are using the internet, it stands to reason that the amount of places that those people can visit online would be growing as well, right?
Today, there are 1.7 billion websites online. Some of those websites are publicly accessible while others are for private use only.
That number of websites goes up every second of every day!
4. Some People Are Addicted to the Internet
Out of all of the internet facts that we’re going to share with you, this is probably the fact that you knew already.
Some people are addicted to the internet. Like, literally addicted.
In fact, China has full-blown rehab centers for people whose lives have been dismantled because of their inability to unplug.
5. Hackers Are Flourishing Online
With more websites come more opportunities for hackers. Per that fact, 300 million hacking attempts take place every single day.
Some of the ones that are successful cost business owners in the vicinity of 3.9 million dollars in damages.
6. People Send Out Way Too Many Emails
Have you ever been at work and thought to yourself, “Man, people send out way too many emails.”
You probably don’t know the half of it!
It is estimated that 250 billion emails go out every day. Can you imagine the amount of bandwidth those notes eat up?
That just goes to show you that no matter how many emails you get in a day, there’s somebody that’s getting a heck of a lot more.
7. The First Website Ever Is Still Running
No. Google was not the first website ever. The first website ever is a site called “http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html“.
Not exactly catchy…
The website was made by the father of the World Wide Web himself, Tim Berners-Lee.
Check the original website and compare it to your favorite website today. That stark comparison will give you a sense of how much we’ve grown technologically over the last 28 years.
8. Asia is Dominating Internet Speed
Do you get upset because your internet provider is so darn unhelpful and their service is beyond slow? You might have to pick up and move to Asia to enjoy better service at a better price.
South Korea and Japan hold titles for the fastest average internet speeds across the country so we’d start our search for better broadband there if we were you.
9. A Quarter of the World’s Population Is on Facebook
Not only is the internet itself incredible but the websites that the internet has allowed to catch fire are almost equally as impressive.
Perhaps the most noteworthy website online today is the social network, Facebook. Facebook, which you may know was started out of a college dorm room, now plays host to a quarter of the world’s population.
Hundreds of years ago, everybody was separated by thousands of miles of barren landscapes. Today, 1 out of every 4 people across the globe is connected via a single website.
10. Yes, Gangnam Style Is Still the Most Watched YouTube Video
PSY fans can take a moment to celebrate after reading the last of our internet facts. On YouTube right now, his video “Gangnam Style” still holds the most-watched video title with over 3.3 billion views.
Wrapping Up Our List of Internet Facts
Taking a moment to read through some of the internet facts that we’ve just laid out allows you to stop using innovations for a moment and start appreciating them.
We hope that we’ve helped you appreciate the internet more and we welcome you to learn additional cool things alongside us by diving deeper into the content pool right here on our blog.