An important milestone achieved by… the Internet!

This time it is not a company or a product that reaches a milestone, but the entire Internet has written a large number in its name.

According to most sources, 1983 is the official start of the Internet. Just to show how explosively the Internet has grown in the last forty years. Especially when social media was booming, things went fast. How hard? We know thanks to a new report.

Internet report

Thanks to an online report from We Are Social and Hootsuite, we have a battery of internet numbers. The ups and downs and fun practical insights into how we’ll be using the internet in 2022. The report is 298 pages long and going through it all is something you should do yourself at your leisure (via this link), so let’s take a look at the highlights. featured.

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Perhaps the most notable figure is a major milestone for the Internet. Since April 2022, 5 billion people have used the Internet. A significant figure: it is 63 percent of the world’s population (7.93 billion people), of which 5.32 billion have access to a smartphone. The latter is equally important for later. In any case, the vast majority of the world is now an Internet user and almost as many people use social networks.


The fact that there are more people than ever on the Internet these days has, of course, to do with how available the Internet is and to what extent. Hopefully it is not surprising that in Europe we produce the highest figures: 98% in Northern Europe have Internet and 94% in Western Europe. Southern and Eastern Europe are also in good shape, but slightly less so. North America also takes nearly 100 percent. Low numbers can be found in Africa and South Asia, especially Central Africa adopts very little internet.

Most commonly used

Then to some statements about the most used things on the Internet since the 5 million milestone. Like the most used social networks. Facebook is right on top of this, YouTube follows at a suitable distance. WhatsApp gets a relatively low score, because the availability of WhatsApp is not very good all over the world. Instagram, WeChat, Tiktok and many others follow favorites at a suitable distance.

Another funny incident is Google search terms. More specifically: what you enter in the search box on Google. Many people still visit websites by first searching for them on Google, but apparently many people don’t realize that they are already on Google. ‘Google’ is the most searched term on Google. Then YouTube and then ‘You’. We can’t speak for everyone, but the latter is familiar to people who want to search YouTube and expect ‘You’ to fill in the rest. Otherwise, it will be entered as the search term. Other popular search terms include commonly used websites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram, as well as weather, news, and the like. New for 2022 and relevant in the first few months are, for example, ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Wordle’.

Anyone who knows exactly what website to look for has created the following list. All websites visited based on totals. YouTube, Google, and Facebook are logical candidates here, as are Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, and Reddit. Websites like ‘De Hub’ and XVideos are also high, so do with that information what you want.

smart phones

Gone are the days when the Internet only belongs to a computer. Although 68 percent of people still browse on a PC, it will be 91 percent (92 percent if non-smartphones are included) of people browsing on mobile devices in 2022. That’s also a milestone. internet special.

Then another funny statement as a result: how easy is it (financially speaking) to get a smartphone? The Netherlands is in the top 10. The cheapest smartphone here costs 68 dollars, converted about 60 euros. As far as we can find, that is the Alcatel 1 (2021), an Android smartphone that you can get for 59.99 euros. This smartphone costs 1.5 percent of the average power of a Dutchman. Bulgaria is slightly above us, because the cheapest smartphone there costs 12 dollars. At the top are the United Kingdom and the Turks and Caicos Islands, where the cheapest smartphone ($26 and $19, respectively) costs just 0.7 percent of median income. The prices, on the other hand, are more striking, where, for example, Azerbaijan is in last place. There, the cheapest smartphone costs $1,158, which is 333 percent of median income. The country has strict rules on the purchase and registration of a mobile phone.

As mentioned, there are many more stats to be found throughout the report, so give it a read if you have the time. The important milestone for the Internet is explained in many figures throughout the report.

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