Social Media & The Net – Explained

We would not hesitate to respond “the internet” if asked to pick a phenomenon that has had the greatest influence on the globe in the twenty-first century. More than 5 billion people use the internet worldwide now, according to the most recent numbers provided by the data analysis firm – Internet World Stats. You may estimate that around two-thirds of the world’s population utilizes the internet now by dividing that figure by the total global populace. Moreover, as of now, as many as 13 billion gadgets are linked to the internet, according to Statista – a reputable market research company that has been giving credible reports for the last 15 years.  

As is the case with everything that has a significant impact on the human race, numerous discussions occur regarding the internet. While some people explore topics like whether DSL or cable internet is more dependable, others focus on queries such as how customer care departments like Xfinity Customer Service are increasingly incorporating artificial intelligence into their operations. Another set of discussions revolves around how the term “internet” relates to other terms. This essay is perfect for you if you are the kind of person who often considers the latter! This article will detail how the term internet is related to the term social media.

The Internet: What Is It?

As many as 75 million servers spread across various regions around the planet run the internet. It connects individuals across seas via enormous underwater cables. The underwater cables are thought to be longer than 550,000 miles overall. The largest digital company in the world, Google, estimated that there are around 5 million terabytes of data in existence. Given that Google disclosed this information a while ago, it is only reasonable to assume that the number has grown.

World Wide Web

The largest internet application is the World Wide Web (WWW). It consists of a sizeable number of interconnected web pages. There are three primary types of these pages:

1. Surface Web: Anyone may browse web pages, and search engines can index them. Typically, opening them doesn’t need any login information. The surface web has fifteen billion pages.

2. Deep web: If the fifteen billion web pages of the surface web seemed like a lot to you, you will be shocked to learn that the deep web is around 500 times bigger than the surface web. Pages on this type of web cannot be indexed. Typically, login information is needed to access the pages.

3. Dark web: The dark web is the most secretive section of the deep web. The most confidential information is communicated through it. The dark web is a popular tool for criminals seeking anonymity.

Social Media

When it comes to the volume of data involved, the World Wide Web could be the internet’s most extensive application. However, social media sites are without a doubt the ones that people use the most often. The typical individual uses social media for roughly 2.5 hours every day. That is over half of your life if you deduct eight hours of work and eight hours of sleep. The estimated number of people using social media was 4.5  billion in 2021, and it is only reasonable to assume that number has increased since then.

With a staggering 2.9 billion monthly active users (MAUs), Facebook is the most widely used social networking platform. Instagram, a social networking platform with over 2 billion monthly active users, is not far behind. Ironically, the same parent corporation, Meta, owns both Facebook and Instagram. The parent company’s name indicates that we might anticipate social media to help us establish a parallel world in the future.

Then comes the video-sharing website TikTok, which continues to grow into a giant like Facebook and Instagram. It already has a billion users.


We hope this article has given you a better understanding of what the terms “internet” and “social media” signify. We also hope you now have a better understanding of how these two phenomena affect humanity. What we would love for you to have is the ability to have more thorough discussions on the topics related to these two phenomena. We wish you the best of luck with your next online conversation!

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