Last month, we asked why wait for proper IT support and validation? This month, we look at three facts you need to know about the Internet.
The Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, and big data are just a few of the trends shaking up the internet. With these movements, the way the world uses the web is changing, and you need to keep up. Here are three facts you need to know about the Internet:
1. The Internet hit 3 billion users in 2015
This year, the Internet hit another landmark, clocking in at three billion users and 40% of the world population.
In 1995, only 1% of the world had a connection. Since then, this number has grown exponentially, with the first billion users reached in 2005, second billion in 2010, and third billion in 2015.
What’s interesting is that adoption of the Internet is happening six times faster than global population growth. We’re not just flocking to the web, we’re hooked, and now we’re bringing it with us, wherever we go.
2. 60% of Internet use is mobile
In 2014, mobile use of the Internet exceeded PC use for the first time in history.
The IoT has brought smartwatches, smart thermostats, wearable health devices, 3D printers, and more. With this growing trend of devices connecting to the cloud, it’s easy to see how the average user has three connected mobile devices at any one time.
Growing wearable technology and mobile trends have led to the prediction that the average person will have seven connected devices by 2020.
We’re even more connected than ever with smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, HDTVs and more, and will continue to be, which makes it no surprise that we’re spending more and more of our time on the web.
3. There’s nearly a zettabyte of traffic on the Internet
With more data moving to the cloud, and more users connecting with multiple devices, web traffic is blowing up. Global IP traffic has increased fivefold over the past five years, and is expected to pass a zettabyte (1021 bytes) by 2016.
The Internet isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, reaching over 1 billion websites within the past six months. Although, the size of the Internet is hard to gauge. In 2014, Google indexed 200 Terabytes of data, which represents only 0.004 percent of the entire Internet. Basically put, the Internet is more than ginormous.
The Internet is a massive and powerful machine, with a seemingly infinite number of users, data, and traffic. Smartphones, tablets, wearables are part of mobile and data trends that bring the power of technology into our hands. With the abilities the Internet brings into your everyday life, how will you use it to your advantage?