Visualizing What Happens In An Internet Minute In 2018

In your everyday life, a minute might not seem like much.

But, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes, when it comes to the vast scale of the internet, a minute of time goes much further than you ever could have imagined. That’s because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operating on.

An internet minute in 2018

Today’s infographic is from Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan of Cumulus Media, and it shows the activity taking place on various platforms such as Facebook or Google in each 60 second span.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

It really helps put an internet minute in perspective.

Just a minute, please

The numbers for these services are so enormous that they can only be shown using the 60 second time scale.

Any bigger, and our brains can’t even process these massive quantities in any useful capacity. Here are just a few key numbers scaled to a monthly basis, for fun:

42,033,600,000 Facebook logins

159,840,000,000 Google searches

1,641,600,000,000 WhatsApp messages sent

8,078,400,000,000 emails sent

On an annualized basis, the data becomes even more ridiculous, with something close to 100 trillion emails sent. (No wonder it’s so hard to get to inbox zero!)

Previous minutes

If the internet minute visualization looks familiar, that’s because it gets updated and re-released every year using the latest data available. See below for a direct comparison of the last two years:

Image: Visual Capitalist

The biggest and most noticeable jump comes in Netflix hours watched – a number which we believe may be too good to be true. While we have not seen the exact methodology of these calculations, we do know that in December it was announced by Netflix that users were watching approximately 140 million hours per day. This works out to roughly 100,000 hours per minute according to our math, which is still mind-boggling.

See the additional evolution of this chart by checking out the 2016 version as well.


Automatic Choke gunzeon Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:18 Permalink

porn is responsible for advancing technology!!!!

early adopters buy systems at great expense and small utility.

dumbfucks buy it in quantity once it becomes mainstream.

it is the middle ground that makes or breaks any new technology -- who will bridge the gap to take the early adoption technology to the higher volume necessary to support the cost reductions, and attract the dumbfucks?

it is PORN!!!!   porn made the VHS (& beta but who cares) go mainstream.   porn made the www go mainstream.  porn users will pay, in great quantity, prices almost at the level of early adopters, in order to wank higher quality, more privacy, and better anonymity.



edit - statistics are once again misleading.   they talk about the internet minute, but scale monthly.

put it in perspective.    taking the above numbers, one out of every 8000 people in the world logs into facebook every minute.  large numbers, but not so impressive as the titles would make you believe.   more wankers out there.....



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gunzeon Automatic Choke Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:06 Permalink

pay ? seems that there's enough free stuff to get the average joe to blow his wad in ten minutes max ... if you're gonna pay for something you may as well go down the local knocking shop and have the real thing, or even, dare i say it, a real live consenting human being partner ! Pay for some flowers ! pay for a bottle of vodka and a joint !

Maybe porn just preys on the feeble minded among us.

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zimboe Bunga Bunga Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:33 Permalink

I would posit the following group of metaphors:

Zimboe's Law:

"Bullshit, like a gas, expands to fill the bandwidth available."

Bullshit, (which sadly a-priori is all data un-examined,) travels at the speed of an optical signal in a fiber, which ranges from 60 to 80% of the speed of light in a vacuum.

Only when a-priori suspected crapfeed (all of it), is vetted by thinking rational minds do we hope to get some degree of truthiness. This is much much slower, requiring minutes or hours to be vetted. And therefore expensive.

Bullshit is cheap. Truth is expensive. You can see the economics.

Sam Clemens was righter than he knew when he wrote "Before truth can get his boots on, a lie is halfway 'round the world."

With our lovely wonderful tech of the Intertubes, the speed of bullshit is about .7 c. That's 'round the earth 3 times in a second.


Folks, I thinx we're basically, kinda sorta fucked, in a very fundamental way.

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Harry Lightning Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:10 Permalink

What's really amazing is that the electrical infrastructure can handle all this activity, from devices to servers to the wires and wireless avenues that carry all this data. How does it all work on circuitry too small for the eye to see and not break. Incredible.

DuneCreature Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:20 Permalink

~~~~~~(((((((  .... The Internet of Thing ....  )))))))~~~~~~~

How bad is it?


The Deep State Plan To Put That Boot On Your Neck

You are going to wish you were watching a thriller movie instead of starring in it.

This is not a joke.

This is not a scam.

This is not a dream.

I am not delusional. ..... If you think I am, you are entitled to and may be excused. ... The popcorn stand is open in the lobby and you can collect a full refund at the ticket window.

How did we get in this pickle? .. Jam? .. Bind? .. FUBAR condition?

You tell me.

What are we going to do about it?

Again, you tell me.

Live Hard, I'll Bet That Sobered You Up Or Put You To Sheep, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

Donate Moar zimboe Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:32 Permalink

One day, there will be a generation of humans that do not reply to computer programs.

Nobody is behind that posting.  Just a little dumb program written by a 5th grader that

pokes message into the ZH comment queue as soon as a new article pops up.

But for today?  We weird humans see that shit, and want to tell somebody to go pound sand...but nobody is listening.  How long do you talk to robo-calls on the phone?  Or do you just ignore them?

Human/machine interaction is a very bizarre relationship of emotions and silicon.

Q:  Am I real?

A: __________

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ft65 Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:11 Permalink

Truly, technology at it's very finest, however you look at it. 7 billion people on this tiny planet, with many lead by the nose, by psychopathic overlords, who divide and conquer using structured, craftily designed systems to manipulate and incite conflict.

Collective conciousness is the only way to expose the evil being perpetrated on the majority.

Joe A Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:55 Permalink

How many orgasms reached on porn sites?

How many Russian hacks on elections?

How many smart ass posting (including mine) on ZH?

Most important are Trump's tweets though. They are volatile and potentially dangerous.

baldknobber Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:23 Permalink

2018 Internet minute

1000 calls wanting to take over my credit card processing

500 calls warning me my Google listing is in danger

1 call from the new yellow pages explaining to me that I "Have To " have a big yellow page ad or my business will die a thousand deaths

mind-body-spirit Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:30 Permalink

@gunzeon Nice! Have balls, will travel...

Meanwhile we're mostly all well conditioned in all the media what to think is attractive and what it's about, like who looks like that, who acts like that?

Most people are average looking, right? Yeah, size matters, but it's not the only thing that matters, right?

Porn especially is so gross, most of it, gives sex a bad name, which is part of the psyop.