Download vs. Upload Speeds

In my observation, download speeds are generally 5 times faster than upload speeds. I won’t presume that I know that much about why that is, but my assumption is that is the ratio that is allotted by service providers. After all, data can travel just as fast in either direction through the same cable, it’s seems to me that someone decided this is the correct ratio.

Which makes me ask, “Are we consuming that much more than creating?”

When we download a movie, or stream a YouTube channel, we’re downloading. When we are creating that video, we’re uploading. So is a 5:1 ratio really representative of how much the average person consumes compared to what they create?

Is that a problem? Is it an opportunity? Is it just a random thought? I’m not sure, but I’m certain I’ll think about it more in the future.