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Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical: A More Beautiful Internet Connection

Humankind has come to the general consensus that symmetry is beautiful. And the telecommunication world agrees.

Many studies have been conducted regarding facial symmetry and attractiveness. Essentially, the Perceptual Bias theory explains that people with certain feature ratios (eye-to-nose, ear-to-ear, etc.) are more visually and aesthetically appealing as a result of the brain processing less stimuli. Perhaps instead of referring to someone as “easy on the eyes”, we should say “easy on the brain”. But I digress.

Similarly, symmetrical data transfer makes for proportionately beautiful download and upload times. This equal exchange of resources makes it, quite literally, easy on the user’s eyes as it eliminates time staring at the computer screen waiting for pesky, large files. This ability to transfer large files quickly also allows for online collaboration and optimum usage of cloud storage. You may have read in a recent blog post of ours that the higher the bandwidth, the better. Though true as a general rule, with asymmetrical data, that is not necessarily the case. Asymmetrical data does allow for higher bandwidth for downloads, however, at the price of slower uploads.

So how does one obtain such a luxury of beautifully symmetrical Internet? Luckily, you don’t have to be born into the right genes. It’s as easy as switching to fiber-optic Internet. Although other Internet technologies, such as DSL and satellite, offer symmetrical data, they lack in other attributes; such as offering limited or shared bandwidth. Not to mention, fiber is not affected by weather elements and has earned a reputation of high reliability.

Of course, the Perceptual Bias theory is indeed a theory and not fact. Note, the winner of the 2012 “Britain’s Most Perfect Face” competition actually has asymmetrical facial features. Not to mention, many artists and designers have created asymmetrical gold in website layouts and big brand logos. Although far less psychological, asymmetric Internet finds its niche in smaller businesses that are searching for that quick fix. Those businesses that are not highly dependent on uploads can find complacency in DSL, wireless, or cable. Consideration of alternatives to fiber also arise in relation to availability. Fiber-optic Internet is limited in the sense that it is not readily available in all areas because it is a newer technology.

Although the more globally accepted answer to faces and Internet data flow alike may be symmetry, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Asymmetrics finds its own level of recognition and appreciation from small businesses with limited resources to the most “perfect face”.


Jaime Baldwin- 1stel Digital Marketing Specialist

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Jaime Baldwin

Jaime Baldwin

Jaime Baldwin is a PR and Social Media Specialist at our advertising agency, werkLabstudios.