Wasted Time on Unnecessary Data

When you visit a website, how much time does the site waste loading unessential data?  Well, the folks at have a created an infographic to help answer this question.  They based their graphic on data analyzed from the top 1,000 websites on the Internet.  Using three basic optimization techniques, they discovered that there were 23 million gigabytes of completely useless data being downloaded each month.  To give you an idea of how much data that is, it would take one person on a standard DSL line a mere 619 years to download it all! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

Frankly, I had no idea how much useless data was really being downloaded each month until I came across this graphic. Sure, I knew it was a substantial amount.  But 23 million gigabytes? The Internet is truly a place to waste not only time, but data as well. Trading time for data, is it worth it?