How fast is your data traveling online?


The speed of light is approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Did you know that electrons using electricity also travel very close to this speed. Information traveling on the Internet also travels at this rate. Information or modulated electrons move around 60% of the speed of light in most conductors.

WiFi signals, mostly airborne, travel much closer to the speed of light than electrons traveling with a copper wire. These signals can travel in a vacuum at a maximum recorded speed of light of about 185,000 mph.

Some calculations show that electrons can move through a conductor at 90% of the speed of light. Imagine how fast these particles could move in a vacuum. You need to use a lot more energy to attract them to travel faster. This is because electrons become much heavier as they reach the speed of light. But light in space is moving at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. Space is considered to be in a vacuum. So maybe the light waves are paused by friction. Your sunglasses can block UV light waves. In fact, many scientists believe that certain types of radiation need millions of years to escape the center of the sun after millions of nuclear reactions.

Driving speed is highly dependent on the medium in which it is driven. Consider materials that cannot move light. Light can never pass through lead or various metals. Light particles or waves, try to penetrate these materials. However, they only hit the outer surface and become kinetic energy. This means that they warm the surface of these materials and disperse into nothing. Maybe they become potential energy. The laws of thermodynamics would indicate this. The first law of thermodynamics is known as the law of conservation. This law states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in a closed or isolated system. The second law of thermodynamics presents an interesting twist of the first law. The second law states that the entropy of any closed or isolated system is always increasing.

The measured speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. The distance the information travels online is thousands of miles per second. In fact, the time it takes to get information is instantaneous. Of course, there are various devices that slow down the process, such as routers and various types of switches. But the process of slowing down this way of information travel is how quickly people make decisions and are able to bring their ideas to the Internet. Human ideas can turn the Internet into the right way to change the world. But the internet can also be a way to communicate bad ideas.

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