For many around the world, the phenomenon by the name of the “internet” has become hugely important. The youth uses the internet as a tool for entertainment by watching their favorite television shows on streaming platforms such as Netflix. On the other hand, they also use it for different educational purposes, especially during the times of the coronavirus pandemic when schools often get closed due to the rise in the number of cases. Older people also use the internet for all sorts of things, including keeping up with the news and talking to their loved ones who are physically distanced from them. The internet affects everyone hugely.
In the case that the internet has become so important for all of us, it makes sense that people discuss it all the time. If you are also one of the people who somehow keep ending up in discourses about the network of networks, this article may just be best for you. We say this because, after reading this piece, you will end up being more informed about the global network. In the following paragraphs, we will delve deeper into the terms “internet” and “” and will explore how the terms relate to you and one another.
The internet is used by five billion people in the world today. That is approximately two-thirds of the global population. According to Google – a tech giant based out of Palo Alto, California, there are approximately five million thousand gigabytes of data that is shared using the global network. Just helping you fathom how big that number is, a movie takes up approximately 1 gigabyte of data! Yet another striking figure about the internet is that there are no less than seven thousand internet services just in the United States. These internet services include more famous ones, e.g., as well as lesser-known ones.
World Wide Web (WWW)
In the late 1980s and the early 1990s, a British computer scientist by the name of Sir Timothy Berners Lee invented what is now known as the World Wide Web. By allowing people to move seamlessly from one website to another, he carved out a whole web; hence, the name. Today, there are billions of websites on WWW. These can be sorted out into the categories of the dark web, deep web, and /or the surface web. Ironically, even though it is highly likely the web pages you have visited are only on the surface web, the deep web is, at the very least, seven thousand times larger than the surface web!
The importance of apps cannot at all be discounted in today’s age. Here are some of them:
Social media apps built by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter
Educational apps that educate people about different topics. Google Classroom and Khan Academy are some examples of them. When schools closed down, the usage of
these apps went to sky-high levels.
News Apps: like the Economist and CNN keep you up to date with the latest news in the world.
Weather Apps: such as AccuWeather can be used while getting ready for going outside. They often give the latest data.
Okay, we are convinced the internet is awesome and is used by a lot of people for a lot of things. Now, let us shift gears and explain the primary mode of transmission of the internet within a building – . The reason it is considered so much more popular than its alternative, the Ethernet cable, does not need to be explained in detail. The internet plays a huge role in the lives of people and people just do not like to restrict their lives to wires. Imagine how annoying it would be if you had to video call while your phone was attached to a wire of the size of an Ethernet cable! Perhaps, this is why none of the phones even come with an Ethernet cable input port.
The has two main parts. The cable that brings the internet inside the building, the router that works on converting the internet into signals, and the antenna which finally sends out the signals. Needless to say, in fiber internet, the cable would be a fiber-optic line and in DSL internet, the cable would be like a phone cable. Alongside, cable internet, the wire would be a coaxial cable.
This is it for now. We hope this article helped you understand the relationship between the terms “” and “internet.”