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One Day Online in the Year 2020

For very many people, the Internet is part of everyday life. Many companies also operate on a digital level. Likewise, many people can no longer imagine their private lives without daily Internet use. 10 years ago, we took a close look at the facts and figures at that time. What has changed since then and what do the current statistics look like?

How has the use of the Internet changed in the last 10 years? What has happened since then? Let's have a look at the statistics.

At the moment, the world's population is 7.8 billion people. Of these, 4.54 billion people use the Internet. This is the equivalent of the 58%.

A look at the development of the number of e-mails sent every day shows that there has been and will continue to be a notable increase. Whereas in 2010 there were 210 billion e-mails sent daily, by 2020 this figure will have risen to 306.4 billion. According to forecasts, there will be over 361 billion e-mails sent daily in 2024.

Google processes around 100 billion search queries every month, which brings us to an average of 40,000 every second. 60% of Google searches come from mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets. Here, Google Chrome takes the lion's share with about 58% of all page views.

Worldwide, users spend an average of 403 minutes a day on the Internet. The Philippines is currently the frontrunner in terms of Internet usage time, with an average of 595 minutes a day - almost 10 hours a day.

The data volume developed in stationary broadband Internet traffic in one of the biggest countries of Europe like Germany is estimated at 57 billion gigabytes for the past year. So the big challenge is to store and analyze this Big Data.

Social Media

About 3.81 billion people are currently active in SOCIAL NETWORKS. That makes up almost half of the world's population. And the trend is rising, with 10 new users joining every second. The channels FACEBOOK incl. Facebook MESSENGER, YouTube, Whatsapp, Snapchat and Instagram are particularly popular.

Compared to the other social networks, Facebook has the most users, closely followed by YouTube and WhatsApp. Approximately 2.9 billion Facebook users are now active at least once a month. About 2.3 billion of them even daily. In 2018, Facebook made a turnover of 55.84 billion US dollars. Around 60 billion messages are sent via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp - every day.

A clear development can also be seen on YouTube. Around 2 billion logged-in users are active on the video platform every month. In addition, videos with a total duration of over one billion hours are played every day and billions of views are generated. No less than 70% of these views are made via mobile devices. As a result of these developments, YouTube is now available in a total of 80 different languages.

Instagram now boasts around 1 billion active users and this figure is expected to rise further. Approximately 95 million images are uploaded to this platform every day. One of the newer social networks is TIKTOK, which is also becoming increasingly popular all over Europe. It allows users to share self-made video clips, mostly involving dancing or synchronized talking or singing along. The app has 800 million users worldwide, who use it for an average of 39 minutes a day.


Digitization is advancing relentlessly. Whether in RECRUITING, SHOPPING or RESEARCH - everything works online! Social media in particular are showing very strong developments - and the trend is rising. Overall, it is clear to see that the digital transformation is still taking place and the use of the Internet continues to increase. Whether in companies or in private everyday life, the Internet offers more and more ways to communicate, work and live. We are excited to see how the digital world will evolve over the next 10 years. However, it is also clear that companies that are not present on the Internet, or are only present poorly, will lose out to the competition in the medium to long term.

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