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
- January 1, 1983, is considered the birthday of the internet! Before this, computer networks had no way of “talking” to one another.
- More than half of the world’s population is online. More than half!
- 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.”
- The average person spends, on average, 7 hours per day on the internet! That’s a lot!
- Google is the most popular website!
- 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.
- One of the inventors was knighted by the Queen!
- The University of Cambridge created the first live webcam video. It was of a coffee pot.
- The first registered domain was symbolics.com.
- 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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