It is clear to see that people are using the Internet more and more as each day goes by. It is rare to see people without a smartphone in their hand, as it is an accessory that has gone from being a luxury to feeling essential in today’s world. More tasks can be done online, from buying a new pair of shoes to paying your utility bills, so it is obvious that Internet usage is on the rise.
You can access many online services from wherever you are, whether that is on the train going to work or sitting on a beach. WiFi has become an expectation at hotels, cafés and bars and this is because people want to be able to access the Internet around the clock.
The stats shown in the infographic have given us some useful insight into just how far the Internet has come in terms of usage. For example, Google now records over 3.5 billion searches per day and we are seeing functions like voice search surge in popularity. There are now over a billion voice searches per month, with this figure expected to increase significantly over the next 12 months.
Social media has become so popular that many people now wake up and the first thing that they do is check their social media accounts. Facebook alone has 2.2 billion monthly active users and there are now more than 3.1 billion social media users, an increase of 13% since 2017. YouTube is another platform that has seen huge increases in usage, with more than 1.5 billion users now using the site to view or upload videos. This increase in Internet usage is showing no signs of slowing down, and the stats for 2019 will no doubt reflect this.