Global internet users still rising; 11 people every second in 2018

(SDN) — Internet users continued to grow big in 2018.

Last year “a million new internet users…came online every day in 2018,” which translated to “11 people per second.”

The figures cited and many more came from the joint work of  We Are Social and Hootsuite titled Global Digital 2019 reports: The State of the Internet in 2019 or called Digital in 2019.

It’s a collection of reports from various organizations which We Are Social and Hootsuite compiled, similar to their previous years’ compilations.

The two partners thanked the sources of their data, such as GlobalWebIndex, GSMA, Intelligence, StatistaLocowise, App Annie,  and SimilarWeb.

“The number of people using the internet has surged over the past year, with more than one million people coming online for the first time each day since January 2018. It’s not just internet users that have been growing either, as the extensive new collection of Digital 2019 reports from Hootsuite and We are Social reveals,” Simon Kemp said an article on the report.

Digital Around the World 2019 image

The growth of the use of social media last year also rose to almost 9 percent, totaling around 3.5 billion people.

Annual Digital Growth image

Here’s some fast facts from the Global Digital Report: The State of the Internet in 2019 of We Are Social and Hootsuite:

  • There are 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world today, up 100 million (2 percent) in the past year.
  • There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, an increase of 366 million (9 percent) versus January 2018.
  • There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019, with the worldwide total growing by 288 million (9 percent) since this time last year.
  • 3.26 billion people use social media on mobile devices in January 2019, with a growth of 297 million new users representing a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent. (Underscoring by SDN)

Here’s more data from Digital in 2019.

Internet Penetration by Region

Internet Use in Device Perspective

Mobile Share of Total Internet Time

Planet Earth is home to 7,676 billion people as the first image/slide shows (Digital Around The World in 2019).

Of this number, there are 5,112 billion unique mobile users for a 67 percent penetration.

The internet users account for 4,388 billion, a penetration of 57 percent.

Of the 7,676 billion members of humanity, there are 3,484 billion active social media users (45 percent penetration).

Mobile social media users number 3,256 billion or 42 percent penetration.

THERE’S no stopping digital life, really.

Some technology leaders that SDN — Science and Digital News was able to speak with in the past used to make this comment.

Apparently, they meant that the influence of the digital revolution both for organizations and people’s online lives is not about to stop to a screech. Far from that.

Technologies, or the innovations of some current ones, continue without let up.

At home, at work, in public places everyone is holding a smartphone doing what they need to do, or what fancy them in any particular time of the day and the night. Checking/replying to email messages, updating status on social media, listening to songs, watching videos, playing games, among others. Even working outside their offices using connected devices (sometimes a BYOD or bring your own device arrangement with employers).

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed on December 20, 2018, the Telecommuting Act, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 11165, which allows employees to perform their work outside the office in alternative locations. Of course, it should be an arrangement with their employers. (EKU)

Sources are We Are Social, Hootsuite for the article and the images/infographics.

(This article was updated and may need other updates.)




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