While doing some research for an upcoming workshop I came across an article posted by Pingdom.com which listed statistics related to Internet usage. According to the site (which includes data through the end of 2009 there are more than 1.73 billion Internet users worldwide (with 18% coming on line in the previous 12 months).
With more than 234 million websites, 126 million blogs, 500 million people on Facebook; it's hard to imagine anyone has time to do anything other than stare at their screens.
But the really, REALLY big numbers involved email:
- 90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.
- 247 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
- 1.4 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
- 100 million – New email users since the year before.
- 81% – The percentage of emails that were spam.
- 24% – Increase in spam since last year.
- 200 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 81% are spam).
I don't doubt the validity of these numbers. After all, some days I feel as if I get 200 billion spam emails each day from barristers in Nigeria begging to give me millions of dollars from a long lost relative.
The scary part of these statistics is that they don't even include text messages. But have no fear -- those statistics are only a few days away. So stay tuned (as if you could tear yourself away from your screen.)