A recent study on the 2014 Internet trends by Mary Meeker, has delivered some extremely interesting information on use by gadget and by country. The U.S. is sixth in the world when it comes to screen time, with a whopping 444 minutes a day in front of a screen—that’s a whopping 7.4 hours ON AVERAGE each day. What may or may not be surprising to you is that smartphones take up the majority of our time with 151 minutes, followed by TV (147 minutes), laptops/PCs (103 minutes) and tablets (43 minutes). And at 7.4 hours a day, the U.S. is still only sixth! The top five consist of Indonesia (540 min), Philippines (531 min), China (479 min), Brazil (474 min) and Vietnam (466 min). These numbers are astounding when compared to countries like France and Italy who only spend 326 minutes and 317 minutes, respectively.
Some other key points from the study show that mobile, including smartphones and tablets, are still becoming increasingly important in data consumption. Mobile data traffic increased 81% from last year, and since only 30% of the world’s population has a smartphone at this point, there is plenty of room for mobile traffic to increase. These studies may be alarming to people with static websites, especially since there are over 2B users of smartphones and tablets combined and only 1.5M users of laptop and desktop PC’s combined. By switching to responsive website design, your business could be reaching so many more people! Mobile web design is obviously becoming more and more important. With people spending the majority of their screen time on smartphones, don’t you want your site to be compatible?
Are these astounding figures in line with what you expected? Higher? Lower? What do you think?
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2014 Industry Trends Report Slides by Mary Meeker
How Much Time the World Spends Looking at Screens, Visualized by Jamie Condliffe