Interesting Facts About Broadband and The Internet

Interesting Facts About Broadband and The Internet

In fairly-recent times, there have been some pretty ground-breaking inventions, though none more so than the creation of the internet. The internet has changed the way modern societies live their lives, and we are now more reliant on the internet than ever before. Like it or not, the internet is now a common part of everyday life, and that does not look set to change anytime soon. You yourselves can probably remember back in the mid-to-late nineties when you first had the internet installed in your homes. Looking back at dial-up, it now seems pre-historic, but at the time it was like the stuff you see in Sci-Fi Blockbusters. Broadband and the internet have changed lives, mainly for the better it has to be said, but do you know all there is to know about broadband and the world wide web? If not, check out these interesting facts and see how many you knew beforehand.

A LOT of people use the internet

This should come as no surprise to learn that there are a lot of people using the internet on a daily basis. When we say a lot however, we really mean it. There are currently around 7.7 billion people living on this planet. Out of those 7.7 billion people, more than 4 billion of them use the internet on a regular basis. This is more than 1 in 2 people, so as you can see, sorting your broadband connectivity out should be fairly high up on your list of priorities if you wish to stay with the times.

You can become addicted to the internet

The internet, as great as it can be, can also be detrimental for our health and well-being. It is very possible for an individual to become addicted to the internet. The problem is so bad in fact, that in China, there are special camps designed specifically for internet addicts looking to break their addiction. It is most common for fairly young people to suffer from internet addiction, with 200 million users in the country being aged between 15 and 35.

Broadband speeds are changing

Back in 2005, the maximum broadbandspeed of the internet was 2 Megabits every second. Nowadays however, slightly more than a decade later, it is now possible to achieve speeds of 100 Megabits per second in some parts of the country. You’ve heard of super-fast broadband and fibre optic connectivity, and that is an example of it in action.

Very first YouTube video

We all know what YouTube is so there’s no need to go over what the site is and how it functions. There are hundreds of millions of videos on YouTube these days, but back in 2005, there was just one. On the 23rd of April, 2005, a user named Jawed Karim uploaded YouTube’s very first video. The video was titled ‘Me at the Zoo’ so there’s no prizes for guessing what the video was about. The vid clip was just 18 seconds in length, and as of this writing, it has been viewed 55,095,425 times. That’s impressive, but currently the most viewed video of all time is Luis Fonsi’s Despacito, with 5.2 Billion views!