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What the deuce? How the hell is that even a question? Would anyone wonder if someone just had an ice-cream so now no more ice-cream is needed? Unmitigated gall I say.

But well, all questions need to be answered, I guess.

The short answer is yes. The Internet usage is increasing.

But if you could wait a little longer, I could show you the bigger picture. The entire picture from start to now.

What is internet? Who invented this marvelous thing? How does this thing work? What was the first website? When was the first email sent? What’s this DNS and does it bite?

And why did that crane break when it was carrying your mom from the fourth-floor fire to the safety? Were the bolts loose? Was the crane super old? Or was she just too much?

And lastly, what is the current internet usage data pre and post Covid.

Let’s get straight into it.

A brief History of Internet

Ok, here’s one thing, if you go to the internet now to check who invented the light bulb, you will not get a concrete answer. Many names will come up apart from Tesla’s and that famous “inventor” Edison’s.

The Initial Internet Development Stages

If we talk about the concept of the internet which is an interconnection between many machines throughout the world wherein data can be transferred within seconds – then Nikola Tesla would be the first guy to conceive such an idea.

But then he died before he could do anything else awesome.

The other common answer is US military. They put money in ARPANET (Advanced Research projects Agency Network) during the Cold War to do war things. It was the rough model of the initial internet.

But they only invested in such a technology. You wouldn’t call the first investor in Apple the inventor of iPhone, right?

And no, Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet either. That’s just plain stupid. Moving on…

The other two big names are – Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf.

However, they only invented the rules of the internet via their TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol) guidelines.

Before them, programmers and computers would use whatever encoding method to share the data.

Now it got specified. But still, these guys aren’t the inventors either.

The Later Internet Development Stage

Then came the 80s and ARPANET was now handling comparatively large number of connected computers.  But there still was no publicly accessible internet that we are used to today.

In 1989, Tim-Berners-Lee (TimBL) invented the World Wide Web. He used Universal Resource Locater (URLs), Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and the software to run both of them – web browsers.

In the 1990 the ARPANET was decommissioned.

But worldwide web browser could only work with NeXT computer machines and not on normal desktops meant for us, the monkey brain simpletons.

So, this weird name having dude called Marc Andreessen developed Mosaic, the first popular web browser even dum-dums like us could use and it was the ancestor to modern browsers like Mozilla or Chrome.

So, you tell me who among these could be called the inventor of the internet and I left out a butt load of names already that would make us even more confused.

How does Internet work?

It all seems like some powerful corporate men made a pact with the devil.

And her tiny little minions read your sick incognito search, spit at you from behind the screen then just put forth whatever image, video or tweet you ordered on your screen from their little evil magic purses.

And we think it’s all electrodes or something that’s bringing in our ‘research’ material.

But seriously, internet works on the system of ‘Packet Switching.

Whatever file (or data) you want or send, is broken down into several thousand small segments which are called ‘packets’. Each of them is usually around 1500 bytes

It is transported to its destination and then again gets rearranged back into a single file.

It’s a safe, reliable and stable method that works on damaged networks as well. It also doesn’t need a single dedicated link like a telephone call.

Some Proper Trivia about the Internet

  • Around the 80s Domain Name System (DNS) was developed to track every IP address by Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel in 1983. This paved way for TimBL’s WWW.
  • Ray Tomlinson invented the email and the first email was to himself in 1971. The message read – “something like QWERTYUIOP
  • The first US Prez to use the email was Bill Clinton in 1990s to which he got a reply from the PM of Sweden in 1994.
  • According to physicist Russel Seitz, the whole internet would weigh 50 grams or 2 ounces.
  • At the time of writing this article, the internet is 12028 days old.

The Growth of the Internet 1985 – 1995

In 1986-7 the number of hosts grew from 2,000 to 30,000. But with the launch of Mosaic even non-scientistic people started creating their own websites. 

In 1993 there were only 130 websites which increased to the number of 100,000 by the start of ’96.

Pretty soon, Netscape Navigator took over Mosaic as the most popular web browser with 10 million global users.

The growth of the internet 2000 – 2010s

By 2000s almost half of the US was using the internet. 

There were around 361 million users in all of the world in 2000. 

Jesus, that’s less than 10% of FB’s current active user base!

But by 2010, the number of internet users grew exponentially and by the end of that decade it was at 1.96 billion mark.

By 2016, three quarters of USA was now using the internet. And countries like Malaysia, Spain, Singapore, France, Japan, Norway, Denmark and others had over 70% internet accessing population rate.

On any day in the last 5 years of 2019, it was estimated that at least 640,000 people were online. Which amounts to like 27,000 people every hour!

The Current state of the Internet Post Covid

There are currently 4.93 billion internet users approx. which simply signals that more than 63% of the globe’s population is using the internet.

From 2000 to 2020, the usage rate of internet has increased by 1,266%.

In 2021 the most internet users are from Asia. 2,555,636,255 people from Asia are online and that is 51.8% of the planet’s internet population.

More than 90% of USA has access to internet right now.

In 2021, on average 306 billion emails were sent every day.

And finally, every day, just the North Americans generate 3,138,420 GB of internet traffic.

Conclusion

So yes, the ice-cream is only going to be in demand more and more. And also, yes, the usage of internet is increasing and fast.

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