Here’s How The Internet Was Affected On Election Day

Here’s How The Internet Was Affected On Election Day
Araf Noor

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The US National Elections generated hype. A lot of hype. But that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the internet, although it was a great thing for television. Here’s how the elections affected internet traffic.

1. Total Peak Traffic slumped 15%

Comparing the traffic on the first two days of the week and on election day, traffic fell by about 15% as the data shows. This was predictable of course. As people were glued on to the TV screens on election day instead of surfing the web.

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2. 25% less people were Netflix and chill-ing

Netflix is easily the largest source of traffic in North America. But the election day wasn’t a day for chilling at home watching Netflix, no. Instead of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, people opted to watch the strange things going on in the news.

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3. All those statuses and tweets about Trump and the elections meant social media traffic rose 30%

While they were digesting the news going on, people were, of course, not afraid to voice their opinions on social media. Facebook saw an increase of 30% on election day while Twitter’s traffic more the doubled.

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This data is courtesy of Sandvine; the website will be kept updated regularly.