It is beyond any doubt that the internet affects the way we connect with other people, share information, and organize the flow of our everyday life all around the world. The internet has become a crucial part of many people’s lives and its influence on individuals, companies, communities is expected to continue growing in the future. Statista estimates that, in 2020, more than half of the global population will be using the internet. Let’s see some more interesting facts about worldwide internet usage.
5 countries with the highest number of internet users in 2019
The first place on the list of countries with the highest number of internet users in 2019 is taken by China with around 830 million users. The second place is taken by India with about 560 million users, and the third place goes to the United States with approximately 293 million internet users. The next on the list are Brazil and Indonesia with around 149 million and 143 million users respectively.
Fastest internet speed
As internet access steadily increases around the globe, so does the quality of internet connection. Many countries already have well-developed internet infrastructure which allows them to reach very high speeds. The country with the fastest average fixed broadband internet speed in 2019 is Singapore with 196.50 Mbps, while Norway has the fastest average mobile internet speed of 65 Mbps.
What do people use the internet for the most?
The statistics show that more than half of downstream internet traffic volume is used for watching videos. Other popular uses of the internet include discussion groups, playing games, education, friendship and dating, reading electronic newspapers and magazines, job-hunting, and shopping.
Dangers of the internet
As the internet continues to develop and grow, so does the number of potential dangers increase. The major concerns refer to the issue of privacy and fraud. When compared to a few years ago, the number of people worried about hackers is much higher nowadays. In addition, statistical data shows that people are more concerned about their online privacy nowadays because of large internet companies.
You might have heard of the famous lawsuit against Facebook because of the unfair use and collection of private user data that the users were not aware of. Facebook had to pay $5 billion for a settlement, or else the potential loss would result in a $35 billion payment.
The internet is so widely used that there are so many interesting facts about its usage to be discussed. If you are interested in a particular topic or a field concerning worldwide internet usage, just go online and research it. Keep in mind that while you are using the internet, you are changing the statistics on its usage.