Bangalore: Internet has grown into another world where everything is as easy as clicking few buttons or just gliding tip of your finger on smooth screens- be it calls, messages, social connections, information, movies, music, millions of apps, or shopping. From down to dusk you use it and thank your good fortunes that it is available, but do you really know the internet at the end of the day? How big the Internet is? Who’s building the biggest data center and what people use the mobile Internet for? Read on to know the 10 such facts about how internet actually works as compiled by Business Insider.
10. Internet is growing at unimaginable rate every year
As per some experts internet is growing by an exabyte of data every day. An exabyte is equal to 1 048 576 terabytes. After exabyte comes the zettabyte which equals 1000 exabytes; and in 2011 no single data center could hold a zettabyte of information. As Cisco predicts, by 2016 the data centers will be sending 1.3 zettabytes over internet every year. That’s the equivalent of sending all movies ever made across the Internet every 3 minutes.
9. U.S spies to build the world’s biggest data center
The National Security Agency (NSA) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems, which involves information security and cryptanalysis/cryptography. NSA is said to be building a $2 billion data center in Utah that will be the world’s first to store a store a yottabyte of data, reports Wired. A yottabyte equals 1000 zettabytes.
8. Apple says its data center is greenest of them all
To power Apple’s data center, the iCloud, the Cupertino tech giant has been building its on power station at Maiden, North Carolina. It was also an answer by Apple to Greenpeace who accused the company of being a big polluter.
Apple said that they are building their own facilities that will provide over 60 percent of the clean power the company needs. The company also added that they are building what will be the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.
7. A good chunk of the Internet is all about Facebook
Facebook, the largest social networking site in the world in September hit a billion users mark that means it is a good chunk of the Internet.
Facebook accounted for 1 out of every 5 pageviews on the Internet worldwide, as of early 2012, according to researchers at Hitwise. The site stores 220 billion photos, and since launching features to support music apps like Spotify in September 2011, 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times—that’s about 210,000 years of music.
6. People use the mobile Internet to stay healthy
Accessing net on the Smartphone is hugely popular in recent times. These smart devices have became ubiquitous hence internet is made available 24 by 7. Besides obvious tasks like phone calls, texts, and Web surfing, one of the most popular things to do with a phone is to track one’s health. According to Pew Research Center, provides information on issues, attitudes and trends shaping the United States and the world, about 52 percent of Smartphone owners gather health information on their phones and almost 20 percent use their phones for health apps, particularly diet and fitness apps.
5. People use the mobile Internet to bank and buy stuff
Other than health tracking the internet is used by 33 percent of Americans on theirSmartphones for mobile banking and 27 percent uses it to shop. Some 25 percent make online payments. And 7 percent purchased goods from an auction site, according to research by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and antivirus vendor McAfee.
4. Half of Americans watch TV over the Internet
With networks offering 3G and 4G data speeds and Smartphones being robust with technology, over half of Americans have watched TV streamed from the Internet. This has already become a favorite way to watch for people under the age of 35 versus live TV, finds research Harris Interactive.
3. Internet can save you over $8,000 a year
Having access to a high-speed broadband Internet account can save a family about $8,400 a year, says the Internet Innovation Alliance. With so much of the online shopping happening, people can save this money by using the Internet for daily deals and to comparison shop. They also save the most money on entertainment and dining out but they also save on travel and everyday necessities like food and clothes. The Cyber Monday gig in U.S. can be a best example for saving money upon shopping online.
2. But “high-speed” is a relative term
The average worldwide download speed is 580 kilobits per second; Pando Networks found when looking at 27 million downloads by 20 million computers in 224 countries in a study conducted last year. When it comes to U.S., it’s slightly faster than that, with an average speed of 616 kilobits per second, or Kbps. South Korea has the fastest Internet, with an average speed of 2,202 Kbps and the eastern European nations of Romania (1,909 Kbps) and Bulgaria (1,611 Kbps) landed in second and third place.
1. Too much Internet is bad for you
Sure internet is the zing thing and beingonline may makes you feel connected. But according to the researchers at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg people who spend a lot of time online tend to be stressed out and depressed and that time spent on the computer and mobile Internet made people feel like they could never relax and disconnect.
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