New Media and the Internet 2019

New Media and the Internet 2016-2019 by Gloria Boone

What is New Media?

It is digital mediasocial mediastreaming media, interactive media.

New Media includes the Internet,websites, mobile devices, email, chat, streaming audio and video, computer games, podcasts, Internet telephony, and social media.

New media uses hyperlinks to interconnect the audience with other people and places. New media can be interactive allowing the audience to create new content and react to existing content.

New Media is digital, on-demand,and interconnected and online. New Media has created a convergence of old media. For example, your smart phone is now a phone, a digital camera, a clock, an email device, a way of reaching websites, chat, online video, online music, and information stored in the cloud.

How many people are on the Internet?

Over 4.1 billion people are on the internet in 2018. So over 54% of the world population is now online.

By the end of December 2017, over 4.156 billion people are using the Internet, which corresponds to over 54.4% of the world's population according to Internet World Statistics. (see

Top 20 nations online. In 2017, China had over 772 million Internet users (56%). By mid 2018, China claims that over 802 million people are online in China, with over 98% on mobile devices (Forbes, 2018). India had over 462 million Internet users (34%). A report by CISCO, estimates that about 500 million will be online by the end of 2018, and over 620 million by 2019.

There are 312,322,257 Internet users in USA on Dec.31, 2017 for a 95.6% penetration rate according to

Only around 8.5% of all Internet users are in North America. Asia has around 50% of all users on the Internet (, 2019)

Demographics of Internet users in the United States (Pew, 2017). See the charts on age, gender, race, income and education.

What do people do online?

Almost 25% of Americans are online contantly (Pew, 2018) 

Search- About 63% of all web searches are on Google.

Google top trends in search

The most popular website sites according to ComScore.

Messaging appsThe big 4 messaging app (WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat, and Viber) have more monthly users than the big 4 in Social media. What do people do on mobile apps?

Social media


Digital in 2018: Q3 Global Digital Statshot from We Are Social Singapore

Social Media Demographics in the USA from Pew Internet.


According to IMB in 2017, ecommerce is BIG:

A recent Forbes report predicts that the e-commerce industry will surpass a $2 trillion annual haul in 2017. A related eMarketer report makes a bolder forecast of $4 trillion in retail e-commerce sales by 2020, accounting for 14.6% of all consumer retail spending. A measured 50% five-year growth, when comparing both of these forecasts, gives us a real idea of the juggernaut that this industry...  has become. (Shopify estimates ecommerce worldwide will be $3.3 billion in 2019)

It's e-commerce statistics such as these that really should open our eyes. About 71% of consumers are shopping online to find the best price, a process that is commonly now referred to as "showrooming"(checking your smartphone for the best price when in a brick and mortar store), and "webrooming" (comparing multiple e-commerce stores to find the lowest price).

According to Business Insider, 50% of shoppers have made more than one purchase in the past year. Tally these numbers up, and technology has helped 198 million shoppers in the U.S. buy something online over the past 12 months. That's more than 200 million people shopping online, or about two-thirds of the entire U.S. population. 

The best ecommerce statistics on age, gender, and what they purchase are from bigcommerce.


How Large is the Internet?


There are over 1.24 billion websites in 2019 ( See the examples of the first website, or Yahoo in 1994, or Amazon in 1995 on the way back machine site.

The first website was made in August 1991 by Tim Berner-Lee.

Microsoft is now the server for over 53% of all websites. Apache has 19%, and nginx has 15% ( 

According to the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), as of 2017 there were 1 billion IP hosts.

You need an IP host to connect to the Internet.

The largest domain categories is .net and second is .com

Here are the domain categories and country domain codes

Some countries like Chad, North Korea, or Iraq have few internet providers.

ISP providers and website domains are connected by routers to major backbones of the Internet.

backbone are those very large networks or trunks on the Internet were Internet Exchange Point (IXP) occur. An example of an IXP is MAE-East that is on the east coast of the United States.List of Major Backbones Networks

How Much traffic is on the Internet?


See the Slides from Dr.Robert Pepper's Report- Cicso VNI Global Forecast

How much is a Zettabyte? see

The Dawn of the Zettabyte Era [INFOGRAPHIC]

@ 2019 GMBOONE