The Day of the Internet and the impressive figures of invention that has changed the lives

D. G.

  • the events of The Day of the Internet in Spain will revolve around the ability of the technology to improve the lives of people in situation of social exclusion.
  • there are Currently 3.773 million internet users in the world.
  • 52% of the total websites are in English despite that only 25% of the world’s population understands that language.
  • Trivial: Internet Day 2017: how much do you know of the network?


This may 17 is celebrated, for the thirteenth consecutive year, the Day Internet, a day dedicated to one of the most revolutionary technologies of the last century, an invention that has changed drastically the day to day running of the society and without which we no longer imagine to live.

On this occasion, the events of the Day of the Internet in Spain revolve around the empowerment digital, that is to say, the capacity of the technology to improve the lives of people in situation of social exclusion and the organizations that help.

“The technology can help change the lives of people, especially those living in a situation of exclusion,” says the president of the Association of Internet Users (AUI), Miguel Pérez Subías. This theme tries to show the ability of the technology to be “a tool of social transformation” that can be worth the collectives most in need.

the potential of The internet is beyond any doubt. In fact, the figures, more impressive, speak… and sometimes also a concern. The numbers on the world online a glimpse of the best and the worst of the connected reality of the TWENTY-first century.

3.773 million internet users in the world.

In 2016, the number of internet users was of € 3,419 million and in 2015, 3.010 million, which represents a growth of over 25% in the last two years.

In Spain there is 37,87 million users, a good rise with respect to the previous year, when the figure just went up: went from 35.7 million in 2015 to 35,71 million in 2016.

The 58% of the world’s population still can’t afford an internet connection. There is a general consensus that a “reasonable price” is less than 5% of the GDP per capita for a basic level of broadband services, but until that is an excessive price to the internet slow and unreliable in many countries.

2.789 million users of social networks in the world.

The buzz has been great. In 2016 were 2.307 billion, and in 2015, 2.078 million. In Spain, it has passed the 22 million users who had networks in 2015 and 2016 to 25 million in 2017.

23.000.000 of Spanish users access every day to the internet.

The 91.7% of the internet users are connected with a smartphone, 73.1% of internet users (a figure which goes down every year), accessed from the computer and 15.2% of households are connected from the tv set.

A 219% increases the use of tablets among those older than 65.

in Addition, in 2016, the use of the internet increased by 11% in this sector of the population in Spain. Among the largest increases in 13.1 percentage points for those whose first motivation to connect to the internet is the entertainment.These figures reveal a significant reduction of the digital divide.

94,5% of users use ‘apps’ for instant messaging.

The 50.1% of the Spanish users made purchases online in 2016. The video is the star of the lineup: 79.6% turn to the video with intentions of training, and that percentage rises up to 95,1% in young people between 14 and 19 years. The video also advances in communication: the use of the video call increases by 106% among young people.

Among the curious data is that 79% of internet users have mobile company uses it for his personal life, and 68% installs personal applications on it.

45% of the Spanish users abandoned a social network in 2016.

The majority of deserters were Twitter (13%), followed by the Telegram (10%), Google+ (9%) and Snapchat (8%).

You use a 4,7 networks per user. Facebook remains the social network for excellence (91%), followed by WhatsApp (89%), YouTube (71%) and Twitter (50%). Whatsapp is leading in the valuation, and time of use, with more than 5 hours a day.

The mobile phone is the first device to access social networks, with a 94%, exceeding for the first time to the computer, which is maintained in a 93% penetration. The weight of the tablet increases significantly, going from a 28 to a 55%.

The schedule of more intensive use of networks going from 20.30 to 00.30 hours.

The 69% of Spanish students declared to feel “really bad” if you do not have an internet connection.

Between 2012 and 2015, the 22% of Spanish students declared to use the internet outside of class for more than 6 hours any day of the week. On average, Spanish students surf the internet during 167 minutes a day on weekdays and 215 minutes on the weekend.

The 17% of the Spanish students began to use the internet when they were 6 years old. 61% began to use this technology before 10 years.

The students who said they use internet more than 6 hours a week day obtained from average 35 points lower in science than students who connect less. In addition, they expressed a lower satisfaction with life.

52% of the total websites are in English…

despite the fact that only 25% of the world’s population understands that language. The percentage of content in English, which in 1998 was 75%, decreases, but very slowly. Chinese is the second language on the internet in terms of users, but only 2% of web content is in chinese.

SOURCES: 2017 Digital Yearbook, We Are Social / The Society of Information in Spain to 2016, Phone / Annual Study Social Networks, of Iab Spain / PISA 2015: Student Well-Being, NEA / Report Health Internet, of the Mozilla


The Day of the Internet and the impressive figures of invention that has changed the lives
Source: english  
May 17, 2017

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