Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, you’ve no doubt heard of this thing called The Internet. And unless the space under your rock has really bad wi-fi, you’ve probably used it at some point in your life.
In fact, we’re willing to bet our rock on it—because you’re using it right now.
The World Wide Web; surfing the net; going online. However you describe it, it’s arguably the most significant technological advancement of the past fifty years (and let’s be honest, there’s probably not a lot of room for argument—despite the fact that self-serve kiosks at the supermarket are pretty handy).
Apparently, now that we’re into 2018, a hell of a lot of us are plugged in. We Are Social reports that, as of right now, over half the world’s population is online. That’s right, more than 4 billion people are Facebooking, Twittering, Instagramming, and watching cat videos on YouTube.
Just don’t try and think about how many photos of Quinoa people have sent into the digital ether—you’ll probably give yourself a headache.
And if you’re wondering why there’s been an increase in the number of signpost-to-head injuries, just take a second to look up from your phone and think about this before you walk into something else: two-thirds of the world’s population now have a mobile phone, and with the ease of access to the Internet on a smartphone, it’s no wonder so many of us are online.
Even more staggering is that, with the average user spending six-hours a day surfing the web, there may not be enough celebrity memes to satisfy the needs of a global population that will spend 1 billion years online in 2018.
These are just a few of the statistics to emerge from the data. If you’re interested in any of the other trends you can access the full report right here. Otherwise, you can keep an eye out for the next video of a baby cuddling a dog—because without a doubt it won’t be far away.
And if you want your cat video to go viral, then Dando is the place to make it happen.