Global Internet Stats 2020 - MGR Blog

With half of the world under some sort of confinement and the other half with very limited physical interaction, it seems logical to expect Internet and online apps to take a major role in our lives these days.  While physical distancing has been recommended or mandated to prevent the spread of COVID-19, online social interactions have increased just as much as the virus has spread.  Bandwidth has become an issue and all of a sudden, our typical broadband connectivity has become spotty at times.

The numbers below were collected before the pandemic was declared, nevertheless, you can extrapolate how many people around the world are potentially turning to online interaction in lieu of regular outdoor social or work activities.

General Internet Stats and Facts:

  • There are 4.4 billion global internet users as of January 2020 (Statista)
  • 49% of internet users are from Asia (Internet World Stats)
  • Europe accounts for 16.8% of internet users (Statista)
  • 88.1% of North American’s use the internet (Statista)
  • As of January 2020, there are over 1.74 billion websites (Internet World Stats)
  • There are 7 billion Google searches a day worldwide (99 Firms)
  • 56% of all internet traffic comes from automated source searches (Website Hosting Rating)
  • As of Q3 2019 there were almost 360 million domain names registered (Verisign)
  • Only 48.2% of internet traffic comes from humans, the rest is from bots (Tech Seen)
  • Internet penetration worldwide is around 56% (Statista)

Internet Usage Statistics:

  • 90% of internet users watch videos online (Oberlo)
  • 70% of internet users stream music (Oberlo)
  • 51% of people use the internet to watch vlogs (Oberlo)
  • 47% of the global population use the internet to listen to the radio (Oberlo)
  • 39% of people are tuning into podcasts via the internet (Oberlo)
  • 361 million people had access to the internet worldwide by the year 2000 (Dotspeedtest Blogs)
  • 57.3% of the world now has access to the internet (Statista)
  • Africa has the fastest growing online population (Statista)
  • The average user spends 6 hours and 30 minutes online each day (Digital Information World)
  • Google Chrome holds a 62% share of the internet browser share (statcounter)

Mobile Internet Statistics:

  • There are 3.9 billion unique mobile internet users (Statista)
  • Around 5.1 billion own a mobile phone, meaning 75% of mobile users are accessing the internet (Statista)
  • 50.6% of internet traffic comes from a mobile device (Statista)
  • Laptops and computers account for around 45.5% of internet users
  • Mobile internet connection speeds have increased by 19% between 2018 to 2019 (Dotspeedtest Blogs)
  • More than 60% of users prefer WiFi to mobile internet (Deloitte)
  • 80% of internet users own a smartphone (Impact)
  • The average mobile internet user spends 2.8 hours per day online (Ezoic)
  • 88% of Facebook users are using the smartphone app (comscore)
  • 80% of all social media time is spent on smartphones (comscore)
  • 75% of US smartphone owners check emails on their phones (Blue Corona)

eCommerce Internet Statistics:

  • 91% of internet users visit an online store (Statista)
  • 84% of internet users perform a search for a product (Oberlo)
  • 77% of users that search for a product will result in a purchase (Adobe)
  • The average internet user spends over 2 hours a day on social media (Oberlo)
  • Revenues from eCommerce retail are projected to hit $4.2 trillion in 2020 (Statista)
  • China is expected to bring in $1.935 trillion in eCommerce sales this year (Statista)
  • 50% of mobile ad clicks are accidental (fluct)
  • 70% of people express aversion towards mobile ads (Impact)
  • 32% of internet users say they would share a native ad (Outbrain)
  • 18% of all retail eCommerce sales come from the UK (Invesp)

I hope this information is useful for you!  Until next time, this is Manuel Gil del Real.

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