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The Internet: 1996 vs. 2011 [Infographic]

The web has gone through a radical overhaul in the past 15 years.

Curious about how much of an advancement the Internet has made in the past 15 years? 

Using nostalgia-inducing Netscape Navigator windows and ugly patterned backgrounds, the infographic highlights some jaw-dropping shifts in the way we surf the web compared with our dial-up days.

Highlights of “then vs. now” web behavior include:

  • In 1996, Americans spent an average of 30 minutes per month on the web. In 2011, Americans spent an average of 27 hours per month on the web.
  • In 1996, there were 20 million American users on the web. In 2011, there were 245 million American users on the web.
  • In 1996, the average page-load time was 30 seconds. In 2011, the average page-load time was 6 seconds.

Check out the full infographic on the Internet in 1996 vs. 2011, below.

How the Internet was in 1996 vs. 2011

Take a trip to a GeoCities past with this snazzy infographic from the team at Online University, via Best Infographics.

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