"Weight" of the average webpage continues to increase

Sometimes it almost feels as if we're bearing witness to a never ending race which pits faster and more advanced computers against increasingly cumbersome webpages. While one would think that browsing the web in 2015 would be an overwhelmingly smooth and incredibly fast experience, that isn't always the case. As users become equipped with faster machines and more capable bandwidth speeds, websites keep increasing the average "weight" of pages in all corners of the Internet. From heavy CSS, numerous images, and even autoplaying videos in some cases, the average webpage today is a lot more busy than even 5 years ago.

Highlighting this problematic trend, the HTTP Archive Report recently took a look at 500,000 of the web's more popular websites and found that the average size of the pages being loaded now encompasses upwards of 95 HTTP requests and nearly 2MB of data.

Aggregating this data, Craig Buckler of Sitepoint put together the following chart.

Buckler writes:

A 15% increase is less extravagant than the 32% rise in 2013 and the 30% rise in 2012, but it's still too much. Has your bandwidth increased more than 15% in the past twelve months? A third of web users now use mobile devices - will they appreciate the additional weight?

Sadly, it's hard to envision this website bloat diminishing in size anytime soon. Websites are still using Flash, and more importantly, many websites are chock full of high-resolution images and videos than ever before.

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