People connect to the Internet through 50 billion devices worldwide, and the number keeps growing. The numbers of Internet users keep growing every year, coming close to 5 billion.
Have you ever wondered, as you browse, how much data exists out there? The numbers can be truly dizzying, so here’s some data about the state and the progress of the Internet.
How Much Data Is On the Internet?
As of 2020, Internet data hit 40 zettabytes. In a somewhat simpler term, that’s about trillion (1,000,000,000,000) gigabytes. With web traffic expected to hit 175 zettabytes by 2025, the amount of data will keep growing exponentially.
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Data keeps piling up every second we spend online. While there’s no such thing as exact information on the available data, here are some general estimates of the amount of data we leave behind.
We create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day.
This translates to 3 billion minutes of Skype calls, 333 billion emails, 5 billion Snapchats, etc. People spend $1 million on paid content every minute, especially since 20% of users spend time watching online games.
You create 1.7 MB of data in a single second.
If this seems excessive, remember that it’s only the average. For example, those who stream movies and other content generate more Internet data than 40% of the world’s population.
The data center market is expected to double in the next three years.
By 2026, the market for data center services is projected to hit $105.6 billion. Digitization of processes and the increase of remote workers are the driving force behind the increase.
Browser fingerprints provide data for targeted ads.
Browser fingerprint is a set of data you leave every time you open and use your browser. Your operating system, plugins, time zone, and IP address are tracked even if you use different browsers.
Facebook generates a million gigabytes of data in a day.
Despite the fact that the popularity of Facebook is decreasing among the younger population, it’s still at the top based on the amount of times users spend actively using it. It’s estimated that Facebook gets 400 new users every minute.
The Internet keeps growing at speed we can hardly imagine. Data we generate online can be beneficial for the optimization of services; it can also be used against us if we’re not careful where we leave our personal information.