Last updated March 6, 2017 at 10:08 am
For the first time ever, mobile and tablet internet usage exceeds desktops worldwide.
The latest statistics from StatCounter, a web analytics company, show that mobile and tablet usage just creeps over at 51.3% compared to desktop usage at 48.7%.
It was not that long ago that we walked around without carrying any personal devices. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find someone without their mobile phone on their persons, myself included. Call me an empty soul for being glued to my phone but if I forget my phone, you’ll find a truly empty soul, I believe some may even attribute it to full-blown separation anxiety.
Such is our obsession with mobile phones that its become easier, more convenient to connect to the internet. It’s infinitely easier to open up Google on your phone or tablet than it is to walk over to wherever your desktop computer is and then start/wake it up, open up a web browser… you get the point, it’s no surprise. The majority of your favourite mobile apps all require internet and no doubt that is also a factor.
Just this week, Facebook announced that one billion people, as a monthly active user, only use a mobile device to access Facebook.
“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favours mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results,” mentioned Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter.
Besides, it’s so much easier to browse the internet on your phone in the toilet than bringing in a laptop…
Australia is just behind in our internet mobile usage, where the majority still favours desktops with 55.1% compared to 44.9% of mobile and tablet usage. But it won’t be long until we catch up.
Many websites are now mobile-friendly and if they aren’t yet, this data only emphasises even more that they should be. It’s an inevitable result and one that can’t be ignored to start catering towards mobile users more (ourselves included!). Mobile is the way of the future. And if wearable tech has its way, things are only going to get more mobile.
Just avoid using a Samsung Galaxy Note 7.