10 Interesting Facts About The Internet

The internet has been a part of our daily lives for decades, but there was a time when we couldn’t dial into the web from anywhere.  The internet has has a big impact on our lives. It’s changed how we live, work and play. It’s changed how we socialize. But how much do you know about it? Let’s learn a bit together!

10 Interesting Facts about the Internet

  1. January 1, 1983, is considered the birthday of the internet! Before this, computer networks had no way of “talking” to one another.
  2. More than half of the world’s population is online. More than half!
  3. The term “Wi-Fi” doesn’t actually stand for anything.  It’s a play-on-words. While Hi-Fi  stands for High Fidelity, Wi-Fi doesn’t stand for “Wireless Fidelity.”
  4. The average person spends, on average, 7 hours per day on the internet! That’s a lot!
  5. Google is the most popular website!
  6. Have you heard the term “surfing the internet,” “surfing the web,” or “internet surfing?” The term was coined by a librarian named Jean Armour Polly in 1992.
  7.  One of the inventors was knighted by the Queen!
  8. The University of Cambridge created the first live webcam  video. It was of a coffee pot.
  9. The first registered domain was symbolics.com.
  10. It holds at least 1,200 petabytes of data.

What fact was the most interesting to you? Did we miss anything?

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