Today is International Internet Day, and to celebrate this fact, here are some interesting facts about the Internet and some interesting facts on Internet usage in Ireland that you may not have heard before.
International Internet Day is celebrated on 29th October, because , the first internet connection was achieved on this date in 1969. Defined as a remote connection between two computers, Leonard Kleinrock attempted to send the word login, he managed to send “L” and “O” before the connection between the terminals crashed.
The World Wide Web is often, wrongly, associated with the internet. The World Wide Web (“WWW” or “The Web”) is the part of the Internet that contains websites and webpages. This became possible with the invention of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) by Tim Berners-Lee. in 1989. The first web page ever created is still live, check it out here.
Over 3 billion people use the internet. If the internet were to go down for a day, an estimated 200 billion emails and 3 billion Google search would have to wait.
In its current form, it requires approximately 50 million horsepower in electricity to run. This cool info-graphic from Go-Globe shows what happens on the internet every 60 seconds.
Ireland & The Internet
Here are some stats on internet usage in Ireland according to the CSO:
It is estimated that, in 2017, 89% of households have access to the internet at home. The main reasons stated for not having a household internet connection were; Do not need internet (45%) and Lack of skills (43%).
Of the 16-29 years age category, 92% accessed the internet every day, compared with 31% of the 60-74 years age group. By comparison, 84% of individuals in the 30-44 years age group accessed the internet every day.
The most common types of goods or services purchased by internet users were clothes or sports goods (44%). The next most common types of internet purchases were holiday accommodation and Tickets for events, both at 37%, followed by Other travel arrangements at 36%.
Finding information on goods and services (86%) was the most common activity carried out on the internet by individuals. The next most common activities selected were E-mail (85%), followed by Social networking (72%) and Internet banking (71%).
So there you have it! It’s hard to imagine life without the Internet so let’s celebrate it today. We’ve come such a long way in such a short time so who know what the future of the internet holds.
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