How BIG is the Internet?

Currently, an estimated 2.2 billion people access the Internet on a regular basis from a computer, smart phone, tablet, television, or other electronic device. That's nearly 1 in every 3 people on earth!

With an estimated 1 trillion web pages, the World Wide Web is massive and ubiquitous, permeating nearly every aspect of daily life in the technologically developed parts of the world. Indeed, it's nearly impossible to think of any aspect of modern life that hasn't been seriously influenced by the rise of the Internet. From business to entertainment, politics to religion, the Internet has made its presence felt in countless ways.

And yet, despite its presence all around us, it's hard to get a sense for just how big a part of our world the Internet has become. One can imagine the servers and computers where digital information is stored, or the cables through which it is transferred, or the satellites and routers through which it is broadcast, but these physical objects don't really give us a true representation of the Internet's size and scope.