A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post claiming that websites today are no faster than they were more than 10 years ago. My first reaction was disbelief. After all, home and mobile broadband today are significantly faster than 10 years ago. With home broadband reaching 70 Mbps globally, and increasing every year, you would expect your web page load speeds to get faster, right?
Then I got to thinking about my own experience with how fast web pages load. These days I generally wait 2-6 seconds for most sites. If I think back 10 years (that would be 2012), I remember waiting 2-6 seconds for most sites.
Either my memory is bad, or the entire internet has conspired to waste our time with repetitive waiting periods. So as with everything on datafantic, let's dig into the data and try to read between the lines.
It's pretty tricky to figure out how fast web pages load. When a web page loads on your computer, when is it "loaded"? Is it when the first content shows up, when you can start to scroll, or when everything is finished?