Surge in internet traffic triggered by physical distancing likely to continue after pandemic | MIT News

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MIT Professor and Akamai founder Tom Leighton describes the vast increase in internet traffic during the Covid-19 pandemic and notes how physical distancing may change web-related behaviors even after the pandemic has subsided.

When we’ve emerged from the pandemic, it seems quite possible that our usage of the internet for nearly every facet of our lives will have increased permanently. Many more people may be working remotely even when offices reopen; the shift to virtual meetings may become the norm even when we can travel again; a much greater share of commerce may be conducted online even when we can return to shopping malls; and our usage of social media and video streaming could well be greater than ever before, even when it’s OK to meet others in person.

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