The internet, the web, the World Wide Web, where would we be without it? Could you imagine your life without it? Can you remember a time when you didn’t have it, use it, or need it? No? Thought not. Humanity has become highly dependent on the internet and all its necessary and unnecessary content. Did you know there’s a website dedicated to blowing a trumpet at Donald Trump’s floppy yellow hair? Warning – endless hours will be lost on this website – http://trumpdonald.org/.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee has been knighted by the queen, and rightly so, having invented the wondrous World Wide Web in 1989. This August celebrated the 25th anniversary of the internet becoming publicly available, and the internet has changed dramatically since its early beginnings. This is what the first ever website looked like: http://info.cern.ch. If you think that’s dated, look at Apple’s website from 1996, which was first launched in 1987:
According to latest government statistics released in May, there is an estimated 650 million websites online today, and 87.9% of UK adults (45.9 million people) have used the internet in the past three months.
It’s no surprise when we use the web to find love, jobs and homes, shop for clothes, cars and food, connect with friends and family all over the world, self-diagnose our ailments with the helping hand of Google, read the news, listen to music, and tell a stranger their opinion of Kim Kardashian is all wrong. The web is so essential to modern life that two months ago, the UN declared internet access a basic human right.
To mark this momentous occasion we’ve listed 15 things you (probably) didn’t know about the internet:
1. This is what happens in ONE MINUTE of the internet in 2016:
2. China is the only country to have treatment camps for people with an internet addiction.
3. In 2012, it was recorded that every day 30,000 websites are hacked.
4. There is high speed internet on the way up to Mount Everest, because you never know when you might need to watch a cat video.
5. 5.3 million adults in Britain have never used the internet, do your grandparents have an internet connection?
6. 50% of internet users will quit waiting for a video to load after 10 seconds. We’re really impatient with the internet these days. Remember dial-up internet and the bubbly squeaking sounds you had to endure before getting a connection? Yeah, that was fun.
7. 1/3 of Italians have never used the internet.
8. In 2010 Finland became the first country in the world to make internet access a legal right. It’s that crucial to our wellbeing now!
9. Did you consider the hard work that goes into one search on Google? A single Google query uses 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer. (And this was in 2012, so it must be more now!)
10. “Gangnam Style” by Psy is still the most viewed YouTube video of all time (of course it is) with more than 2,638,431,226 views (and rising!)
11. The first ever webcam was created at the University Of Cambridge to monitor a coffee pot. Steamy, right?
12. The internet and the World Wide Web are not the same thing: the internet is a massive network of computers; the World Wide Web is a means of accessing and sharing information across it.
13. An estimated £1.7trillion a year is spent online.
14. Over 3 million emails are sent every second – we bet they’re mostly spam – will they ever cease to exist?
15. 70% of all the emails sent are spam, knew it.