Internet Usage Trends 2016
For the first time in history, more users last month accessed the web from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets than they did from desktops or notebooks. According to data released by StatCounter earlier this week, 51.3% of all web visits last month came from mobile devices compared to 48.7% of visits from traditional computing platforms.
The following chart is a snapshot of worldwide internet usage through October of this year and the result truly speaks volumes.
Interestingly, if we put tablets into their own category, the data changes ever so slightly. Breaking tablets out into a group all its own, mobile-based web visits account for 46.53% of traffic while tablet-based traffic would account for 4.73% of web traffic. In other words, internet usage is on the verge of being dominated by smartphones.
Also interesting is that if we look exclusively at web visits originating from Sri Lanka, we see an entirely different picture. As evidenced via the chart below, desktop machines accounted for 30% of web visits while mobile devices accounted for 70% of visits.
While there was never any doubt that society has been moving towards a decidedly mobile-oriented world, the charts above show that mobile is rising faster than perhaps most people assumed.