25 Fascinating Facts About the Internet You Should Know

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The internet has revolutionized communication and changed our lives dramatically over the past few decades. As of 2022, over 4.6 billion people are active internet users worldwide. That’s over 59% of the global population!

With so many of us relying on the internet every single day, have you ever wondered about the origins of the internet and how it has evolved to what it is today? There are some mind-blowing facts and statistics about the internet that may surprise you.

In this article, we reveal 25 fascinating facts and figures that highlight just how profoundly the internet has impacted the world. Let’s dive right in!


1. The First-Ever Website

The world’s very first website went live in 1990 and was created by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. The website provided information about the World Wide Web project and was the first hypertext browser.

The site was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer and could be accessed via the first web server. Back then, there were only about 10-15 websites on the entire internet!

2. Difference Between the Internet and the World Wide Web

Many people use the terms “Internet” and “World Wide Web” interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.

The Internet refers to the global network connecting computers using Internet Protocol. It allows diverse computer networks worldwide to communicate with each other.

The World Wide Web, also known as WWW or just the Web, is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. The web is essentially one of the services communicated over the internet.

3. Half of the Internet Traffic is ‘Bots’

It’s estimated that over 50% of all internet traffic is actually driven by bots rather than humans! Bots are software applications that run automated tasks over the internet.

Video streaming and downloads make up another 35% of internet traffic. Just 15% comes from more traditional website browsing.

4. Google Handles 40,000 Search Queries Every Second

Google is by far the most dominant search engine worldwide, fulfilling our internet needs. It handles on average over 40,000 search queries every single second.

That translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and a whopping 1.2 trillion searches per year globally!

5. The First Email Spam

On May 3, 1978, the first unsolicited bulk email advertising message was sent out over ARPANET to 393 recipients by Gary Thuerk, a marketing representative for Digital Equipment Corporation.

This pioneering electronic message sparked the age of email spam and junk mail that clutter our inboxes even today!

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6. Most Common Passwords are Too Predictable

Despite warnings, many people still use predictable and obvious passwords that are easy to guess or hack. The most commonly used passwords are 123456, 123456789, qwerty, password, and 12345.

Using strong unique passwords and two-factor authentication helps improve online security.

7. China’s Internet Addiction Camps

Internet addiction has become such a serious issue in China that the country has opened over 300 camps to treat youth “addicted” to the internet and gaming. These digital detox camps use military-style discipline to try to cure kids.

However, there is limited evidence that internet addiction is a diagnosable condition. Critics argue it is more a symptom of underlying mental health issues.

8. 1 Million Babies from Match.com

Online dating has grown enormously over the past decades. Since its founding in 1995, the popular dating site Match.com has facilitated over 1 million babies being born to couples who met on the platform.

That’s more Match babies than the population of Dallas, Texas!

9. Most Expensive Google AdWords Keyword

Google AdWords allows businesses to display ads on Google and pay only when users click the ad. The most expensive keyword to buy on AdWords is ‘insurance’ at a lofty $54.91 per click.

The high cost indicates how competitive insurance products are online. Advertisers bid against each other, driving up the keyword price.

10. The Original Space Jam Site Still Exists

Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters, debuted in 1996. The original website SpaceJam.com was created to market the film.

Incredibly, the retro 90s website has remained unchanged and is still live in its original form decades later!

11. The First Webcam Monitored a Coffee Pot

The world’s first webcam was set up in 1991 at Cambridge University. It was intended to help researchers working in different buildings monitor the Trojan Room coffee pot levels to avoid wasted trips when the coffee was gone.

Little did they know this novelty idea would presage the rise of live streaming and webcams in the digital age.

12. Facebook has the Most Active Users

Social media has become a key part of billions of people’s lives. The largest social platforms by active users are Facebook (2.5 billion), YouTube (2 billion) and WhatsApp (1.6 billion).

Facebook alone has more users than the populations of China, India, and the United States combined.

13. Asia Accounts for Almost Half of Internet Users

Of the over 4.6 billion internet users worldwide, Asia accounts for 48% or around 2.2 billion users. China has the largest online population at 940 million internet users.

India and Indonesia are also in the global top five, highlighting the rapid rise of internet adoption across Asia.

14. The First Tweet Ever Sent

That inaugural tweet is now worth millions as a famous piece of internet history.

On March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the very first tweet. It read simply “just setting up my twttr” (the extra letter was later dropped). No one knew then how Twitter would take off.

15. Only 200 Million Websites are Active

There are over 350 million registered domain names across the internet. However, only about 200 million websites are actually active.

Many owners buy domains speculatively or protectively but never use them. There are also ‘parked’ domains only displaying ads.

16. South Korea Has the Fastest Internet

When it comes to internet speed, South Korea leads the world with an impressive average connection speed of 28.6 Mbps. That’s nearly 4 times faster than the global average of 7.6 Mbps.

Affordable high-speed broadband and fierce competition between providers helps South Korea take the top spot.

17. We Spend Over 6 Hours Online Each Day

On average, the typical person now spends over 6 hours per day online across their various internet-connected devices. We check our phones around 85 times a day!

From social media to streaming shows, the internet takes up a major chunk of our daily lives.

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18. The Internet Economy is Worth $8 Trillion

The total value of the global internet economy is estimated at over $8 trillion annually. That is larger than the GDP of most countries, about the size of Japan’s economy.

This reflects how vital the internet has become to businesses, commerce, and our daily lives.

19. Google, YouTube and Facebook are the Most Visited Websites

When it comes to the most visited websites worldwide, Google retains its number one spot. YouTube comes in second, with social media giant Facebook in third.

These technology mega-companies have become ubiquitous to internet users across the globe.

20. 1.66 Billion Online Shoppers Globally

Ecommerce has exploded thanks to the convenience of online shopping. There are now over 1.66 billion digital buyers worldwide who have purchased products or services online.

China has the largest ecommerce market with 471 million online shoppers. India and the U.S. follow close behind.

21. 60% of the World is Now Online

As of 2022, an estimated 60% of the world’s population uses the internet, up from under 20% just over a decade ago. However, stark regional disparities remain.

While 87% of North Americans use the internet, only 35% of Africans are online. There is still a ‘digital divide’ globally.

22. Over 30 Billion Internet Connected Devices

It’s predicted there will be over 30 billion internet-connected devices around the world by 2025. The rise of 5G networks and the Internet of Things will fuel massive growth.

Everything from appliances to vehicles will come online, with big implications for how we live and work.

23. Global Internet Traffic to Triple in 5 Years

Global data flowing across the internet is mind-boggling. Internet traffic is expected to triple over the next 5 years to reach 4.2 zettabytes (4.2 trillion gigabytes) per year by 2022.

Video streaming and downloads account for the vast majority of internet traffic growth.

24. We Spend 7 Hours Online Per Day

On average, people worldwide spend over 7 hours per day online across devices including smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets, and smart TVs.

Our internet usage has increased by 15-30% during the COVID-19 pandemic as life shifts more online.

25. The Internet is Now Over 50 Years Old

The internet as we know it traces its roots back over 50 years. The very first message was sent between UCLA and Stanford on October 29, 1969 – the precursor to email.

From those humble beginnings, the internet has utterly transformed global communication and commerce in just a few decades.


The internet has transformed from a fledgling technology used by a handful of researchers to an integral part of everyday life for billions of people worldwide. As this wide-ranging list of facts illustrates, the scale and impact of the internet are staggering. We now spend many hours online every day using services that didn’t exist just decades ago.

The meteoric growth of the internet shows no signs of slowing down as new users, devices, and technologies come online. While the early pioneers of the internet couldn’t have predicted what it would become, it’s exciting to imagine how it might continue evolving in the coming decades. One thing is clear – the internet revolution has dramatically changed how we live, work, communicate and access information. It has become the defining infrastructure of the digital age.

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