I'm thinking of this in the context of my students and our recent alumni. Any thoughts?
Students ... recent alumni ... You and the WWW, or web, as we know it today are about the same age. Pew is offering up some great info to consume and gain a deeper understanding of the communication channels that dominate your life today.
Pew Research Center: http://www.pewinternet.org/packages/the-web-at-25/
Now, that's the WWW. Remember, it is the internet that accounts for the vast majority of digital traffic and communication. Apps are important there. This story from MarketingPilgrim.com illustrates the truly major traffic in digital communication: http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2014/05/internet-traffic-jam-netflix-snapchat-and-twitch-tv-take-over-the-fast-lane.html
However, even apps don't rule ... no, it is things
that are communicating. What things? How about your car, trucks, produce (vegetables & fruits via RFID chips), stores (UPC codes), your home ... and even cattle (RFID chips) that rule internet traffic. Today, it is estimated that 20 average homes generate more internet traffic than was happening in 2008 - (wait for it) ... over the entire world. http://blogs.cisco.com/diversity/the-internet-of-things-infographic/
After cattle, the tracking of produce and other things
became a wide practice. http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/high-tech-gadgets/rfid.htm
Apps: Here is comScore's list of "25 most popular mobile apps in America" (and it is a list scored by usage, not simply a list of downloads) http://qz.com/253527/these-are-the-25-most-popular-mobile-apps-in-america/
Video dominates internet traffic. Report: Netflix Represents 30% of Peak Internet Traffic (add in YouTube and it's 50%+)http://www.telecompetitor.com/report-netflix-represents-30-of-peak-internet-traffic/
Netflix + YouTube: http://www.cnet.com/news/netflix-youtube-gobble-up-half-of-internet-traffic/
Google rocks, too: http://www.extremetech.com/internet/162114-google-accounts-for-25-of-all-internet-traffic-is-used-by-60-of-online-devices-daily
Wired declared the web is dead. "The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet" No, the WWW is alive and hard a work, but it is diminishing in importance of all internet traffic. http://www.wired.com/2010/08/ff_webrip/all/1
WWW traffic as a percentage of all internet traffic peaked in 2010. "Stacked area shows the Web is dead?"http://flowingdata.com/2010/08/17/stacked-area-shows-the-web-is-dead/
Top 50 Websites by Launch Date compiled in 2009. Look at how many were launched recently, as in since you entered high school. Yet, they have such a dominating impact on communication. (I'm updating that list to current rankings and will share that soon)http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/07/27/the-launch-years-of-today%E2%80%99s-most-popular-websites/