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How Much Data is Generated Each Day?

“The exponential growth of data is undisputed, but the numbers behind this explosion — fuelled by internet of things and the use of connected devices — are hard to comprehend, particularly when looked at in the context of one day”

You may have heard of gigabyte, terabyte, and even petabyte.

These size units are common daily quantities that ordinary people may encounter. Units of this size may be longer to quantify the amount of data sent in email attachments or the amount of data stored on the hard drive.

However, in the next few years, these total common units will become more complex and quaint-this is because by 2020, the entire digital world is expected to reach 44 ZB. This would mean that the number of bytes in the perceptible universe is 40 times that of stars.

This infographic shared by DSP Labs (Distributed Storage Protocol Lab) today is from Raconteur. From this picture, we can get a very intuitive understanding of the data generated every day.

Before we understand how much data is created every day now. In the future, it will be necessary to understand how the data is expanded by unit.

There is no doubt that the ability to read and write data will become more and more important in the future, and the units used will also become larger and larger, so we may need to improve the concept from GB, TB to ZB, YB

A Day of Data

How much data is generated in a day — and what could this look like as we enter an even more data-driven future?

Here are some key daily statistics highlighted in the infographic:

• 500 million tweets were sent

• 294 billion emails were sent, and it is expected to reach 320 billion emails by 2021.

• Created 4 PB of data on Facebook, including 350 million photos and 1 billion hours of video

• Each connected car will create 4 TB of data

• 65 billion messages were sent on WhatsApp

• Conducted 5 billion searches

• Wearable devices generate 28PB of data

• Instagram shared 95 million photos and videos

It is estimated that by 2025, 463EB of data will be created every day around the world — The growth of these data is not without reason, because the entire Internet industry is expanding rapidly.

Internet Population Growth

In 2014, Internet users reached 2.4 billion. By 2016, this number had grown to 3.4 billion, and in 2017, 300 million Internet users had been added. As of June 2019, there are now more than 4.4 billion Internet users. In just five years, the number of people using the Internet has increased by 83%

Email Usage Continues to Rise

Although social media has grown rapidly in recent years, the use of email has not been affected, and the use of e-mail continues to grow. The email statistics report confirms this by the Radicati Group from 2019 to 2023–293 billion emails are sent daily in 2019, and this expectation grows from 4.2% per year to 347 billion in 2023 according to the same copy The report has 3.9 billion email users by 2019, and will increase to 4.4 billion by the end of 2023.

Mobile Device Growth

The amount of mobile data is also surging — in early 2014, the amount of data uploaded and downloaded by mobile phones/tablets was about 2 EB (1 EB = 1 billion GB). In early 2017, the data created on mobile devices quadrupled, exceeding 8 EB.

As of early 2017, mobile Internet users reached 394 billion. Currently, mobile device users exceed 5 billion in 2019. It accounts for 67% of the global population.

Compared with 7 billion in 2016, about 21.9 billion text messages were sent every day in 2017, an increase of 17% in just one year.

Data Created by The Internet of Things (IOT)

The devices are a huge source of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data that we create every day-not only mobile devices, but also smart TVs, cars, and airplanes -the internet of things is producing an increasing amount of data.

IDC predicts that from 2018 to 2019, wearable devices will grow by 3%. Sales of wearable devices in 2016 were 28.3 million, and it is expected that 198 million will be sold in 2019. It has increased by 600% in just 3 years.

Smart watches account for 44.2% of the wearable device market in 2019 and are expected to grow to 47% by 20233

Driven by new scenarios, from 2016 to 2022, IoT devices are expected to grow at a rate of 21%. In 2018, IoT devices are expected to exceed the number of mobile phones, including connected cars, machines, meters, wearable devices, and other consumer electronics products.

Uber will release 6 years of transportation data to cities to help them plan public transportation

Business insiders predict that by 2020, 75% of cars will be equipped with built-in IoT connections

This amount of data is definitely shocking, and the acceleration of data generation cannot be changed. Then we need to face larger data and need to perform storage allocation. Are you ready for the future?

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