A closer look at how the Internet really works

Business Insider recently ran an intriguing look at the way the Internet actually works. This is a fascinating story since many of us have become reliant on the online world in such a short time. Most people don’t fully realize how this enormous communications and information tool really works. Business Insider, though, found several fascinating facts about what really transpires online. As stated by the story, 27 percent of U.S. consumers use their mobile phones and the mobile Internet to shop. Seven percent of U.S. consumers have obtained things from online auction sites. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking online, either. According to Business Insider, 33 percent of U.S. residents use their mobile phones and Internet for mobile banking. Here are a couple more of the most fascinating:

Facebook is King

You might know Facebook as that place where all of your contacts brag to each other regarding their latest vacations or post daily about that game-winning goal their kid scored for the high school football team. But did you also know that Facebook essentially dominates the Internet when it comes to online traffic? It’s true. Based on numbers from Hitwise, Facebook accounts for one in every five page views on the Internet. Last year, Facebook soared past the 1-billion-user mark.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Do you know where the largest data center is found? Soon, it’s going to be Utah. As outlined by Business Insider, the National Security Agency is already in the process of building a massive data center in the state. As soon as the center is ready for operation, it will store an amazing yottabyte of data. Like most of us, you probably have no idea just what a yottabyte is. But the name is undoubtedly impressive. And know this: A yottabyte of data represents an absolutely huge amount of data. A yottabyte is the same as 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes.

Streaming is on the Rise

Do you stream movies or TV shows on your TV, computer or tablet? Even if you don’t, the chances are high your next door neighbor probably does. Streaming has become one of the Internet’s most widely used features. According to the Business Insider story, quoting statistics from Harris Interactive, more than Half of U.S. residents are now using the Internet to view TV. Streaming video has become a particularly desired service among the younger customers that are flocking to Web streaming. As per Business Insider, streaming is a huge hit among consumers below the age of 35.

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