How the internet has changed in 10 years

The Internet can be safely called one of the fastest growing areas. Terabytes of content appear on the web every day. To assess all the scales of growth, it is worth looking through the prism of time, for example, estimating a span of 10 years.

Consistent growth in everything
It’s worth starting with the most striking indicator – the number of Internet users. In 2010, 2.023 billion people were connected to the global network, which was 29.2% of the world’s population. Every third person on the planet actively used the Internet.

According to the global report Digital 2020, only at the beginning of 2020 the number of users has already passed the limit of 4.54 billion, which is 59.1% of the inhabitants of the entire planet. At least every second person has access to the Internet today.

The largest number of connected people in Europe is more than 88%, but the least number of people are connected to the network in Africa.

The growth in the number of sites is no less impressive. In 2010, there were only 255 million. Ten years later, their number has increased almost 7 times to 1.74 billion sites.

The top five most popular for 2020 include Google, Youtube, Facebook, Chinese search engine Baidu, and Wikipedia. You can find out how the TOP of the most popular sites has changed since 1993 in the following video:

It is not surprising that a resource from China is in the TOP-5, because only in the Middle Kingdom there are 900 million users. This is more than in all of Europe and Russia combined! More than 2 billion people are connected to the Internet throughout Asia.

But email is being introduced into our lives at a slower pace. In 2010, there were 2.9 billion registered accounts. It turns out that some of the people had more than one address. Today that figure has grown to just 4 billion mailboxes, less than the number of users. This is largely due to the growing popularity of instant messengers, which make it faster and more convenient to contact people.

Despite this, e-mail continues to be actively used. If in 2010, 294.2 billion “mails” were sent every day, then in 2020 306.4 billion letters “fly away” every day.
















Nevertheless, according to statistics from the United States, Internet users spend the most time in email. In second place is messaging by a small margin, and surfing in social networks is in third place in popularity.

The growth of Internet speed is pleasantly pleasing in these tendencies. If we talk about Russia, then in 2010 the average speed in the country was a modest 2.59 Mbps. It took about 40 minutes to download one series of 700 MB. Now the average speed in the country is 73.6 Mbps, and one episode of your favorite TV series is downloaded in one and a half minutes.

The record holder in this area is Singapore with a download speed of 213.18 Mbps. In second place is Hong Kong – 202.6 Mbit / s, and Thailand closes the top three – 171.45 Mbit / s.

Services and Applications
An integral part of our life is occupied by all kinds of social networks and entertainment services, in which a person spends up to 9 hours of free time. The audience of each of them is growing rapidly.

Facebook has the largest number of accounts – 2.7 billion in 2020. In ten years, a whopping 2.1 billion people have been added to this social network. The threshold of two billion has crossed the Youtube service.

However, the fastest growing in 10 years was shown by Instagram, founded in 2010. Its base has grown from 1 million to 1.3 billion! In the first year on the app, people spent an average of about 7 minutes a day. By 2020, Instagram is “sitting” for 53 minutes daily.

In 2010, 35 hours of video were uploaded to Youtube every minute – that’s almost 11 Titanic films. Today this figure is many times higher – about 500 hours every minute. It turns out that videos with a total duration of 82 years are loaded onto the servers per day!

The picture has changed dramatically among browsers as well. In 2010, Internet Explorer held the lead with a 45% share, followed by Firefox with 29%. In 2020, more than half of people around the world use Google Chrome to surf the web, and Safari has managed to break out into second place thanks to technology from Apple.

As time goes on, user requests also change. I wonder what people were interested in then and now? Google answers these questions.

In 2010, pop stars like Justin Bieber and Nick Minaj, the new iPad, and the Chatroulette social network were actively googling. What interested people in 2020 is not difficult to guess: the coronavirus, the US elections, and applications for “remote control”.