Consider, for instance, the fact that modern humans have only inhabited the earth for 200,000 years. To put this in perspective, if the earth was 24 hours old, we have only existed for the last minute and 15 seconds. More interestingly, we did not start roaming the earth until about 70,000 years ago when the last ice age cut our population down to an estimated 2,000 people, and we were forced to seek new lands to inhabit.
We went from the verge of extinction to where we are today in a relatively remarkable short period of time. Now that’s perspective.
This perspective continues when you consider just how far the Internet has progressed in just 20 years. Consider, for instance, that to reach 50 million users, it took the telephone 75 years, but the Internet only four. More impressive, the Angry Birds app needed only 35 days.
If that does not blow your mind, consider just a few of these other amazing statistics about the Internet, all of which have evolved over the past two decades.
1. There are 47 billion websites, including the first website ever created more than 24 years ago.
Info.cern.ch was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which centred on information regarding the WWW project.
2. There are 3.2 billion Internet users worldwide, accounting for almost 44 percent of the global population. Almost half of all Internet users are based in Asia.
China, the country with most users (642 million in 2014), represents nearly 22% of total, and has more users than the next three countries combined (United States, India, and Japan).
3. There are 950 million households worldwide with a television, but twice as many people access the Internet from a handheld device. Interestingly, only a fraction of these people know (or care) that their device also serves as a telephone.
4. There are between 5 and 10 million iOS apps downloaded every day, and more than 100 billion total apps downloaded as of June 2015.
As of June 25, 2015, there are 12 android applications to make it into more than billion downloads category;Interestingly all are owned either by Google or Facebook.
According to Gartner research Android has an active mobile base of nearly three billion devices.In comparison, according varying reports (Asymco, Gartner, Forrester, The Verge), at the start of 2015, Apple had shipped 800+ million iOS devices to date. Of these, multiple reports state roughly 200 million of shipping iOS smartphones and tablets are no longer active. This brings Apple iOS global market down to approx 600 million.
5. In 2015, we will send and receive 205.6 billion emails, almost 60 percent of which will be spam.
Here is the market share of email clients
#1 Apple iPhone 29%
#2 Gmail 16%
#3 Apple iPad 11%
#4 Google Android 9%
#5 Apple Mail 8%
#6 Outlook 8%
#7 Outlook.com 4%
#8 Yahoo! Mail 3%
#9 Windows Live Mail 2%
#10 Windows Mail
These statistics are calculated from 1.2 billion opens tracked by Litmus Email Analytics in September 2015.
6. YouTube visitors view 6 billion hours of video each month, and over 300 minutes of video are uploaded every second. Interestingly, 80 percent of visitors are from outside the US.
7. There are 1.49 billion people on Facebook (more than in China) who use the social-media site an average of 21 minutes every day and share 1.3 million pieces of content every minute.
8. Facebook accounts for the highest percentage of total time spent on mobile apps, 18 percent, and when you add Facebook Messenger and Instagram to the mix, this total reaches 22.4 percent. The second highest percentage spent on mobile apps was on Pandora, which accounted for only 10.5 percent. This implies that when Facebook develops it own music streaming service, we can pretty much shut everything else down.
9. It is estimated that we will take 1 trillion photos in 2015. In 2000, we took only 86 billion photos. Unfortunately for all of humanity, most of that increase can be attributed to duck-faced selfies.
10. While all of these statistics are amazing, the reality is that the web as we know it — Facebook, Amazon, Wikipedia, etc. — represents only 1 percent of the total discoverable web. The remainder is the “deep web,” or that which is not discoverable by means of standard search engines.
Whats do you think about this list?