It’s no secret that the world has embraced all things digital since the birth of the internet. Now we’re going to talk about how many people are online worldwide, and find out how those people are spending their time online. And finally, you’ll learn how your business can benefit from the still-booming digital trend.
To give you an idea of the explosion of online usage over the last 15 years, consider this: In 2000, about 361 million people were online worldwide. In 2016, there were over 3 billion. That’s a growth rate of 764%! Today, nearly half the world is online.
In India, the numbers are growing at an impressive rate with over 34.8% Indians having Internet access in 2016. Indians are so connected that they have an average of 0.80 mobile subscriptions each, that’s nearly one mobile line per person!
No matter which device they use, on average, people spend over 3 hours per day which is more than 90 hours in a month!
So what are they doing with all that time online? And how can your business tap into this opportunity?
Many of these digitally connected people are shopping.Studies say that, there would be close to 100 million online shoppers in India by the end of 2016.
Online video has also seen double-digit growth in the last five years, with millions everyday watching video on social sites or via websites such as Youtube, Netflix, etc.
And people are spending hours, socialising and sharing—nearly 2 and a half hours of their time spent online per day is on social media sites.
If you’re a business owner, all these people doing all these things online presents loads of potential for you.
And as time goes on, people will continue to use the Internet in even more ways that will impact your business.
It’s been truly a modern miracle to witness how the Internet has transformed our daily lives in such a short span of time.
In every country, in every region, across the globe, the world has made a fundamental and profound shift to digital. This is an opportunity any small business can embrace.