How much data do we create every day? These are the mind-boggling stats that everyone should read

It is amazing how much data we produce each day. At the current rate of data creation , 2.5 quintillionbytes of data are created every day. However, this pace is only increasing with the rise of the Internet of Things. In the past two years, 90 percent of all the data in the world has been generated. This is well worth reading again! It’s nearly impossible to comprehend these numbers. I have compiled some of my favourite stats to illustrate how we create this colossal amount of data every day.


We have so much information available that we are constantly adding to our data stockpile when we search for answers on our search engines.

  • More than half of all web searches are now conducted from our mobile phones.
  • The internet is used by more than 3.7 million people (that’s an increase rate of 7.5 per cent over 2016).
  • Google processes an average of 40,000 searches every second (3.5 billion searches per days)
  • While 77% searches are performed on Google, other search engines also contribute to data generation. There are 5 Billion searches per day.

Social Media

The current obsession with social media is fueling data creation. These are numbers that Domo’s Data Never Sleeps 5.0 report shows. They were generated every hour of each day.

  • Snapchat users share 527.760 photos
  • LinkedIn has more than 120 members
  • 4146,600 videos are viewed by YouTube users
  • Twitter sends 456,000 tweets
  • Instagram users post 46,740 photos

With 2 Billion active users Facebook remains the most popular social media platform. Let this sink in for a second: more than 25% of the 7 billion people on Earth are now active on Facebook. These Facebook statistics are more interesting:

  • 1.5 billion people use Facebook every day
  • Europe is home to more than 307 millions people who use Facebook
  • Every second, five new Facebook profiles are created!
  • Every day, more than 300 million photos are uploaded
  • Each minute, 510,000 comments are posted and 293,000 statuses are updated

Despite being the most popular social network, Instagram (also owned and operated by Facebook) has seen remarkable growth. This photo-sharing platform is contributing to our data flood.


When we use the most popular communication methods of today, such as email and text messaging, we leave behind a trail. These are some amazing statistics about the amount of communication that we send every minute .

  • We have 16 million texts
  • There are over 990,000 Tinder swipes
  • Worldwide, 156 million emails have been sent. It is predicted that there will be 2.9 billion email users by 2019.
  • 15,000 GIFs can be sent via Facebook messenger
  • Every minute 103.447.520 spam emails are sent
  • Skype allows you to make 154,200 calls

Digital Photos

Our smartphones have become excellent cameras and everyone can take great photos. These digital photos are not slowing down.

  • By 2017, 1.2 trillion photos will be taken by people
  • There will be 4.7 Trillion photos saved


Many interesting statistics are coming out of service providers and businesses in the new platform-driven economy. These are just a few numbers generated every minute which pique my curiosity:

  • The Weather Channel receives 18,055,556 requests for forecasts
  • Venmo processes $51,892 peer to peer transactions
  • Spotify adds 13 songs
  • Uber drivers take 45,788 rides!
  • Wikipedia has 600 new page edits

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is an explosion of connected devices (smart) that interact with one another and collect all sorts of data. It is also one of the main drivers of our data vaults expanding.

Let’s look at some stats and forecasts for one type of device: voice search.

  • There are 33,000,000 voice-first devices in use
  • 8,000,000 people use voice command each month
  • Voice searches in Google were 35 times more than 2008

Once you have these numbers in hand, think about all the data you create every day. Now that you have a clear picture of the data you generate as an individual, it is possible to begin to see how many data we collectively create every day. These already staggering stats continue to grow as more of the world is digitalized and ‘datafied.

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