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30 years a day – What Internet users spend waiting for web pages to load


Well .. actually more, because that time only takes into account 400,000 websites.

If we add the total waiting time invested by Internet users waiting for web pages to load, we get 29.9 years every day. That is the number disclosed by pingdom in its annual summary, a summary that comes in the form of an infographic showing values ​​obtained from the 400,000 websites it monitors.

It is true that not all the pages in the world are under the control of pingdom, although it is a large enough number to get the idea of ​​the amount of time we spend a day looking at a blank screen while loading content.

Those of us on the web since the 1990s, when we had to wait minutes to see a photograph on the Internet, it may seem that the current speed is extremely good, but it is not true. Most sites are not optimized for slow connection speeds or access via mobile phones, and that is increasingly important considering that the patience of the new content consumer is much less than it was 10 or 20 years ago. .

A few months ago we presented you with a list of tools that we can use to analyze the loading speed of our site. Among them was pingdom, as well as Google Analytics, although we also mentioned some more unknown ones, such as GTMetrix, for example, one of my favorites.

It is important to be aware of the elements responsible for slowing down the loading of the pages. Sometimes it is a simple button, other times it is a script whose importance is not so relevant, other times it is an image that can be optimized with applications like tinypng or compressnow, elements that can be adjusted in a few minutes.

It is undoubtedly a good goal for 2014: let’s expand the loading speed of our sites.