How Much Data Does The World Generate Every Minute?


Tom Hale


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

Tom is a writer in London with a Master's degree in Journalism whose editorial work covers anything from health and the environment to technology and archaeology.

Senior Journalist



Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Our current output of data is roughly 2.5 quintillion bytes a day. As the world steadily becomes more connected with an ever-increasing number of electronic devices, that’s only set to grow over the coming years.

Domo has just released their fifth annual infographic looking into the world’s data generation and online behavior, called “Data Never Sleeps 5.0.” You can check out their infographic from 2016 here for comparison's sake.


As a whole, the Internet population has grown by 7.5 percent since 2016 and now includes over 3.7 billion humans. In terms of data usage, that’s a hell of a strain. On average, the US alone spits out 2,657,700 gigabytes of Internet data every minute.

The growth of Internet-based media platforms and services are having their day in the sun, but not all. Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix are some of the biggest users of Internet bandwidth. While Amazon is enjoying record profits (around $258,751 sales per minute, up from $222,283 last year) and YouTube is streaming more than ever (4.14 million videos watched per minute), Netflix has seen a 20 percent decrease in the number of “hours” their viewers watched shows per minute compared to 2016.

Although we appear to spend our days huddled over a laptop or smartphone indoors, we seem concerned about the weather. The Weather Channel website received a deluge of 18 million forecast requests, a 22 percent increase from the previous report.

Last year’s report found that more than 3.5 million text messages were sent every minute. Now, it’s around 15.2 million texts, a 334 percent increase.


Other highlights of the visual report include: Uber taking 45,787 trips each minute, Spotify adding 13 new songs, we tweet 456,000 times, post 46,740 Instagram photos, Google 3.6 million searches, and publish 600 new page edits on Wikipedia each minute. The Internet also copes with 103,447,520 spam emails every minute.

Check out the infographic below, as well as the updated version Data Never Sleeps 6.0. 

Data Never Sleeps 5.0 by Domo
Data Never Sleeps 6.0 by Domo


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