What do you really know about the Internet

April 10th, 2014

Business Insider recently ran an interesting look at how the Internet actually works. It's a interesting article because so many people are getting reliant on the online world in such a short period of time. Most people don't actually know how this colossal communications and data tool really works. Business Insider, though, revealed several fascinating facts about what takes place online. As stated by the story, 27 percent of U.S. consumers use their smartphones and the mobile Internet to shop. Seven percent of U.S. consumers have purchased merchandise from online auctions. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking on the web, either. According to Business Insider, 33 percent of U.S. residents use their mobile phones and Internet for mobile banking. Here's a few more of the most fascinating:

Facebook is King

We know Facebook is huge. Having said that the social media company isn't just big. It dominates the Internet. Business Insider quoted data from Hitwise to determine exactly how big of a player Facebook is now: Facebook makes up one in every five page views on the Internet. Facebook also, in September of 2012, reached 1 billion users.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Business Insider also informed us the biggest data center in the world is now being built in Utah. The National Security Agency is behind this center, and once the data center is finished, it will store a yottabyte of data. You might not know what a yottabyte is. But it is massive. It equals 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes, according to Business Insider.

Streaming is on the Rise

If you stream movies and TV shows using Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, you're hardly alone. As reported by Business Insider, over 50 percent of U.S. resident watch TV on the internet. This is rather amazing considering how fairly recent streaming is. The Business Insider story stated that residents below the age of 35 have become especially attracted to using the web to send their favorite TV shows and movies to their tablets and smart phones.