Keeping up to date with the stats

So we know that technology is a dominant factor of our lives.  We know that it’s an essential and entertaining way of communication.  We also know that it’s the biggest addiction and guilty pleasure of human beings; pick up your phone for a quick Candy Crush game, and before you know it you’ve missed the homework deadline.

But what exactly do we know about how technology works and its mass usage?  Many of us are absolutely shell-shocked when we realise just how much the world of technology and the internet is relied upon every day.  This is probably because of our mindset when engaged online; we tend to become self-absorbed, convinced that everything else has frozen in time.

This is why I would like to share a news database that made me more aware of the processes of technology, its major popularity, and the isolation it causes for poorer countries.  It is published by the BBC and details how the internet works, the top 100 sites visited by each country, a list of the richest web earners and many other related topics.

I believe this is useful for students studying this module because it increases recognition of everyday technological activity.  The site includes a timeline of worldwide net growth, illustrating the power of technology and how accessible the internet has become.  It also provides a slideshow which educates on how a web page is efficiently processed and displayed to the visitor.  Additionally, there are live counters included, calculating the use of Google, emailing, blogging, and the internet as a whole.  The speed of the numbers rising is what I found to be most shocking.  The visuality of the data gives a good insight into how much we rely on the internet, further making us question how such usage has actually become possible within the space of just 47 years.  For me, it prompted wider and more critical thinking about the technology, which I trust is imperative for studying the media.

I think this database is very student friendly as all information is provided in bitesize amounts, meaning that it is not overwhelming and can easily be transferred into notes for future revision. However, one negative aspect of this site is that some of the data was conducted back in 2010, meaning that it is now outdated.  Nonetheless, one can tell that much of the other data has been included for long term reference and is therefore still applicable today.

I hope you find this online resource as helpful and informative as I did.  Let me know in the comments which part of the site you found most interesting and why!

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  1. What you found is a really interesting site! I didn’t know this one existed, and I see how this would be clearly useful to someone in this course. With technology and media constantly changing in this day in age, there is always a lot to keep up with and the stats are always varying. The “how it works” slide show gives a clear guide to someone who knows nothing about the internet and would be helpful to new users. The fact that is also explains it from the back end of how domains and servers work is quite interesting. It was also intriguing to look at the list of “internet billionaires”, was no surprise to see the Google founders at the top of the list. My favorite part was the “Top 100 Sites” tab in which you could click the graphic to view the most visited sites in each industry. This could be very useful when doing research on a specific kind of site or company. Great source!


  2. It’s very interesting to approach the topic by looking at quantitative data as opposed to reading about theories and case studies as numbers can often tell us a lot, furthermore they provide as good evidence in an essay. Thanks for sharing this source!


  3. This online resource is incredibly useful for students studying network society at a relatively basic level. This site doesn’t analyse or consider the different topics linked to this module, it simply supplies us with the statistics. Students can use the information from this resource to back up larger points or in fact, use the larger points to explain the statistics.
    I really think that this online recourse is a necessity for students on the network society and media module.


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