Register in seconds and access exclusive features. Businesses better take notice and get ready for the shift in consumer behavior and their expectations that come along with it. China and India take the top two slots despite having only 50 and 26 percent online, respectively. The Internet’s history goes back some decades by now – email has been around since the 1960s, file sharing since at least the 1970s, and TCP/IP was standardized in 1982. The number of internet users in Benin, Sierra Leone, Niger, and Mozambique has more than doubled over the past year too. For those who are online most days it is easy to forget how young the internet still is. The top three in terms of internet penetration are Qatar, UAE and Kuwait. The latest data from App Annie shows that people now spend 7 times longer using mobile apps compared to mobile web browsers, so mobile’s ‘share of internet’ is likely even higher than the figures above suggest. I’ll be back over the coming days with some of the richer insights behind this year’s numbers, but in the meantime, I wish you all another successful year in digital. $39 per month* This isn’t just a story about ‘the next billion’, though. But across most of the world the internet had not yet had much influence – 93% in the East Asia and Pacific region and 99% in South Asia and in Sub-Saharan Africa were still offline in 2000. India and Indonesia were at the bottom of this list. Statista. Food & personal care have seen the strongest growth in the last year. As part of this growth, we’re seeing larger numbers of older users joining social media too. The report makes a compelling case for moving from global ecommerce to social commerce as more and more transactions will require an omnichannel approach that incorporates social payments, messenger support and shoppable ads. As we can see, the average for the OECD is close to 90%. In 2019, the number of internet users worldwide was 4.13 billion, up from 3.92 billion in the previous year. Since 2011 this is possible and today more than 50% of the content viewed on Twitter includes images and videos. The timeline below the chart reminds you how recent websites and technologies became available that are integrated to the everyday lives of millions: In the 1990s there was no Wikipedia, Twitter launched in 2006, and Our World in Data is only 4 years old (and look how many people have joined since then4). Internet World Stats, Population and Internet Users in all countries and usage in all regions of the world. I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at global internet use, social media use, mobile device penetration and global trends. Download and upload speeds are increasing across the globe on both mobile and fixed broadband. It covers 86 countries as of 2014, the latest year for which the index has been compiled. In 2008, Hi5, MySpace and Friendster were close competitors to Facebook, yet by 2012 they had virtually no share of the market. While the two nations show similar mobile download speeds to each other, India’s mobile download speed is improving much more quickly than Indonesia’s. In the interactive chart we plot monthly active users, by platform, since 2004. Mobile internet users account for 91 percent of the global online population. In practice, these discrepancies are likely small because most social media platforms, including Facebook, have policies and checks to avoid multiple accounts per person. In July 2020, there were more than four billion global mobile internet users. Mobile users in Norway enjoy average download speeds of more than 60 Mbps; almost three times the global average. In, Statista. In richer countries more than two thirds of the population are typically online. This post only includes a small selection of the data you’ll find across the 5,000 charts in our complete suite of, today: you’ll find everything you need by, Do you know your audience? shows that the average internet user now spends around 6 hours each day using internet-powered devices and services – that’s roughly one-third of their waking lives. In fact, in rich countries, where access to the internet is nearly universal, the vast majority of young adults use it. This feature is limited to our corporate solutions. Social media penetration rankings: 1. © 2006-2020 Ookla, LLC. This chart shows the percentage of men and women who use different platforms in the US. China's mobile download speed was the fastest of the 5 largest countries, but decreased in 2018. The world’s average mobile download speed of 22.82 Mbps increased 15.2% over the past year, while mobile upload speed increased 11.6% to reach 9.19 Mbps. Regarding Facebook’s global numbers: In 2018 Facebook had 2.26 billion users, and in 2008 it had 100 million (you can check the data here); the world population in 2008 was 6.8 billion, and in 2018 it was 7.63 billion (you can check the population data here.). Assuming the same increase again in the last two years would mean that in 2018 55.8% of the world are online. The total number is calculated by multiplying that rate with the population estimate. If today’s young adults continue using social media throughout their life, then it’s likely that social media will continue growing rapidly as internet adoption expands throughout lower-income countries. The internet has been one of our most transformative and fast-growing technologies. 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Corporate solution including all features. Specifically in the context of social media, a key question is whether these new communication technologies are having a negative impact on our mental health – this is an important question and we cover the evidence at Our World in Data here. In 2018, 16 additional countries joined our gigabit list. In the maps we see the total number of users by country, and the percentage of a country’s population who are users. Live video conversations and chats will be replacing text messages. The number of teenagers using Facebook has also increased, but the number of users aged 13 to 17 has only grown by 5 percent since January 2017. But the overarching trend globally – and, as the chart shows, in all world regions – is clear: more and more people are online every year. With a population of over 1 billion people, it comes as no surprise that China has about 854 million users with access to the Internet, putting it on top of the list. The number of internet users in Benin, Sierra Leone, Niger, and Mozambique has more than doubled over the past year too. The two top industries for global ecommerce are fashion & beauty and electronics, followed by furniture/appliances and travel. The countries with the fastest mean download speeds over mobile in the past 12 months were: Norway (63.19 Mbps), Iceland (58.68 Mbps), Qatar (55.17 Mbps), Singapore (54.71 Mbps) and the Netherlands (53.42 Mbps). The Brazilians are catching up though, and the Indonesians and the Thais have overtaken the Argentinians to take the third and fourth spots in this year’s rankings. It’s worth highlighting that these are just the figures for consumer goods too; if we add spend on other categories such as travel, digital content, and mobile apps, total global e-commerce value is likely to be closer to US$2 trillion. China was second, Brazil third, the U.S. fourth and Indonesia fifth. The increase in social media use over the last decade has, of course, come together with a large increase in the amount of time that people spend online. These changes will have a profound influence on the future of the internet, so we’ll explore this topic in more detail in a separate blog post over the next few days. Number of worldwide internet users in 2020, by region (in millions) [Graph]. Information from external sources are included as supplementary data to support any discoveries. If we add this together for all 4 billion of the world’s internet users, we’ll spend a staggering 1 billion years online in 2018. Paraguay saw the biggest increase in mean download speed over fixed broadband in the world over the past year at 268.6%. If you’d just like to take a quick look at the local headlines though, our 2018 Digital Yearbook is a particularly useful reference: That’s all for our Digital in 2018 summary though. Please authenticate by going to "My account" → "Administration". More than 200 million people got their first mobile device in 2017, and two-thirds of the world’s 7.6 billion inhabitants now have a mobile phone. The 2018 Q3 Global Digital Statshot report trots out a plethora of changes in the past three months, be it in the domain of social or digital or broadband. The diagonal line marks parity;  so sites above the diagonal line are those more popular among men and sites below are those more popular among women. Number 10 on the list is Bangladesh with 73.35 million users of the world. Facebook, the largest social media platform in the world, has 2.4 billion users. For Snapchat and Instagram the ‘age gradient’ is extremely steep – the popularity of these platforms drops much faster with age. You can use the slider to focus on particular years, and you can click the ‘+ Add’ option to change series and track the evolution of other social media platforms. Help us do this work by making a donation. It is not only counting Internet access from computers but also from other devices such as “mobile phone, personal digital assistant, games machine, digital TV etc.”. More than two-thirds of the world’s population now has a mobile, with most people now using a smartphone.