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It's not just you. The Internet really is getting slower

It's not just you. The Internet really is getting slower
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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.

Next page: What plays the biggest factor in the Internet slowdown?
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