Your Netflix movies take forever to load. Online games have more lag than ever. Uploads and downloads are crawling along at a snail's pace! It's not your imagination; the Internet is actually slowing down.
This slowdown could be from a number of things - like oversaturation of sites with high-quality videos, pictures and graphics. It is also because most websites today are attaching tracking cookies to monitor their visitors. These cookies slow down your speed because the site has to go through a tracking link before reaching their intended webpage. Keeping your Internet up to speed is getting harder and harder because of this tracking technique.
Well, there's not much we can do about it. The average website size is double what it was 10 years ago and streaming on your favorite gadgets is often just as slow. Even if you have unlimited data plans, companies are still throttling their data speeds after customers reach specific thresholds.
Streaming video and viewing large websites on your phone is becoming the most popular way to use the Internet and it is also one of the biggest reasons that speeds are on the decline.
"The shift from desktop to mobile requests and consumption have had the biggest impact on website performance," Craig Adams told CNN Money. Adams is the Vice President of Web experience at Akamai, a content delivery network that services 15% to 30% of all online traffic daily.
Even though the slowdown is not very noticeable now, if things continue as they have been, websites will take seconds longer to load because of their size and where they are being accessed from.
What do you use to surf the Web? Do you think this slowdown is already affecting you? Let me know by leaving me a note in the comments section below.