New Media and the Internet 2019-2020 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 smartphone 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?


As of January 5, 2020, there were 4,437,215,927 (4 billion) internet users spanning the globe. This is compared to the 3.42 billion users recorded at the end of 2016.

Of the 7.7 billion people in the world over 58.8% of the world's population according to Internet World Statistics. (see


Top 20 nations online. In 2019, China had over 854 million Internet users (60% penetration). India had over 560 million Internet users (40% penetration).


Hootsuite in 2019 ( estimates that 312 million people in the USA are on the Internet. Americans spend 6:31 minutes online a day. 2:04 mins a day are on social media. 86% of Americans are online at least once a day. 90% watch videos. 70% stream TV content. 18% play games online. 7.4% watch e-sports.

Demographics of Internet users in the United States (Pew, 2019). See the charts to examine differences in Internet use based on age, gender, race, income, and education.

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

Some nations have less than 1% to 10% of their populations online (examples North Korea, Eritrea, Chad, Somalia, Niger.

What do people do online?

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) has more monthly users than the big 4 in Social media. What do people do on mobile apps?

Social media

Social media use by age and gender in the USA

 Gen Z online use


$4.9 trillion spent on e-commerce sites (, 2020)

"eCommerce revenue now represents 10.7% of U.S. retail sales. With 47% of eCommerce transactions (or 5% of all U.S. retail sales), Amazon has surpassed Walmart as the world’s largest retailer. Globally, online’s share of total retail sales is now 16.4%, with eCommerce accounting for more than three-quarters of overall retail growth. (, 2020)" 

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


How Large is the Internet?


There are over 1.26 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.

Nginx, Apache, and Microsoft are the top 3 internet servers in 2019. (

According to the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), as of 2019 there were 1 billion IP hosts.

You need an IP host to connect to the Internet.

Here are the domain categories and country domain codes


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

Backbones  of the Internet map-


How much traffic is on the Internet?



By 2020, IDC predicts there will be around 40 trillion gigabytes of data (40 zettabytes) ( 

The Dawn of the Zettabyte Era [INFOGRAPHIC]

@ 2020 GMBOONE