How Much Data is Created on the Internet Each Day?



90% of the data on the internet has been created since 2016, according to an IBM Marketing Cloud study. People, businesses, and devices have all become data factories that are pumping out incredible amounts of information to the web each day.

We’ve been tracking the growth of data created on the internet for several years, and have updated the information for 2017 to show you how much data that is being created on the internet – every day!

The Amount of Data Created Each Day on the Internet in 2017

In 2014, there were 2.4 billion internet users. That number grew to 3.4 billion by 2016, and in 2017 300 million internet users were added – making a total of 3.8 billion internet users in 2017 (as of April, 2017) This is a 42% increase in people using the internet in just three years!

Not only are there more people using the internet, but they are using it in many different ways.

Each minute of every day the following happens on the internet:

If we do some quick calculations, we can see the amount of data created on the internet each day. There are 1440 minutes per day…so that means there are approximately:


Email Use continues to Rise

Don’t think with these increases in social media, that email is going away anytime soon! Email use continues to grow. The Email Statistics Report 2017-2021 by the Radicati Group confirms this – 269 billion emails are sent daily in 2017, and this is expected to grow by 4.4% yearly to 319.6 billion in 2021.

Mobile Device Data

Data created by the Internet of Things (IOT)

Devices are a huge source of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we create every day – not just mobile devices, but Smart TV’s, cars, airplanes, you name it – the internet of things is producing an increasing amount of data.

Growth in Data Generating Services

The growth in data and the way it can be used is also changing the way business is being done and the services that organizations can offer due to an enhanced ability to produce, capture, and understand data.

How Micro Focus Can Help You Monitor Employee Generated Data

Hidden in all this data are business insights that can trigger explosive growth. The problem is that finding them is like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s why early adopters are focusing on big data analytics and archiving.

Research from IDC shows that 90% of the data produced is unstructured, meaning that it is typically text heavy and does not follow a predefined data model. That’s where big data analytics and archiving come into play – they give context to massive amounts of unstructured data, which helps find the needle of insight in the haystack of information.

Unified archiving, on the other hand, makes the data manageable. Retain Unified Archiving by Micro Focus archives email, mobile, and social communications and stores them in a secure and easily searchable archive. This makes the data available upon litigation or compliance requests.

The future innovators and market leaders across all industries will be the ones who can take this data and make the most out of it. Whether that’s gaining insights for a marketing campaign or a new R&D project, the internet and big data have the answers, and one thing is certain – tools are going to be critical in deciphering all of that information.

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[Originally published in 2014 on the GWAVA blog – brought up to date October 10 2017.]

Jeff Schultz
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