# How Much Does The Internet Weigh?

Submitted by: skienite 5 years ago in
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Male 173
The internet weighs nothing!

The explanation in the video is bogus. If you put an electron in a flash cell the electrical field would cause the same the same positive charge to be stored on the opposing side of the capacitor. The positive charge is the lack of an electron.

Hence, putting an electron in a flash device makes an electron leave the device. (Or else there would be no current running through the device either).

Therefore a flash device weighs the same no matter if all zeros or all ones are stored in it.

Therefore the internet weighs nothing!

Or think of it another way: If we all agreed that 0 is 1, and 1 is 0 (inverted storage), then the weight of the internet would be negative?
Male 38,457

The most useless thing to know.
Male 936
"This is dumb, data can`t be measured by weight. it`s like asking what color is the internet? "

he even explained out it could be in the video...
Male 168
@paperduck Ok. Which weighs more, a blank sheet of paper or an identical piece of paper with words printed on it?
Male 1,832
@paperduck, well that`s obvious. The internet is a rainbow. A rainbow being shat by a pop tart cat.
Male 1,745
This is dumb, data can`t be measured by weight. it`s like asking what color is the internet?
Male 3,475
Spock knows this.
Male 1,442
This reminds me of The IT Crowd... "It`s so light!"
Male 10,440
Of course the internet weighs very little. Information is measured in bytes, not grams.... silly vsauce guy. In fact the whole point of technological development is to not make it weigh as much, ie, less electrons per byte, ie less power used per calculation or per byte stored.
Male 15,510
Wake me up when the Internet gets to weight an ounce
Male 5,194
#\$%&@!!! GODDAMN IDIOT!!!! PASSING ON HIS STUPIDITY TO THE NEXT GENERATION!!!! The battery doesn`t "gain weight", either! This jackhole seems to think all the electrons run out of it and you have to fill it back up again!! DUMBASS!!! %*&\$#@ DUMBASS!!!
Male 5,194
WRONG. Those gates use charge transfer, the charges are always balanced. Doesn`t really "gain" anything.
Female 106
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Male 57
Did anyone else go "Look, he`s in a holodeck!" I`m such a hopeless nerd...
Male 1,582
@Molehouse
We keep it legit. Don`t be a hater.
Male 3,322
One thing that is flawed, I believe, about his logic regarding the mass of the information on the Internet, is that much of it is NOT stored electronically, but magnetically. The material used to store information on a hard drive is always present, it`s just magnetized one way or another. Changing it`s polarity shouldn`t change it`s mass (think about flipping a bar magnet around). Solid state stuff, I can definitely see.
Male 605
That was absolutely fantastic. Really, really mind blowing.
Male 302
Imperial measurements? Really, America?
Female 408
...what...?
Male 701
WOW! NOW THAT`S REALLY zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Male 290
@xmastree_ph: Those extra electrons come from the battery. So when you next charge your Kindle, it will weigh more. In theory.
Male 416
I`m not sure. The kindle gains weight when you fill it with data? It gets its data wirelessly, so where does the mass come from? Sure, those gates might end up with more electrons in them, but those electrons had to be already there in the first place.
So maybe this means the actual data has mass (which is the whole point), but the kindle itself doesn`t gain any.
Female 2,674
Why`d he let the strawberry drop to the floor? :(
Male 6,737
Intersting.

My only gripe is the change from metric measurement to imperial.
Male 4,902
Brought to you by Al Gore

Male 2,440
This is heavy.
Male 5,080
Clean and interesting post.
Male 33
Wow, this blows my mind!
Male 2