Phone and Notepad Internet Traffic Now Exceed Desktop and Laptop

By Michael Kramer // Feb 03, 2017 at 06:36 PM

Internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop worldwide for the first time in October 2016 according to independent web analytics company StatCounter

The following chart is a snapshot of worldwide internet usage through October of this year and the result truly speaks volumes.

 StatCounter Global Stats finds that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide Its research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7% by desktop.


“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favors mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results.” He pointed out that Google recently launched a tool where businesses can test their website mobile performance.

You can test your own website for mobile friendliness with tools from Google.

“This should be a wake up call especially for small businesses, sole traders and professionals to make sure that their websites are mobile friendly. Many older websites are not,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. 

Posted in Mobile & Responsive Design, Search Engine Optimization.

Sep 14, 2017 Arrow1 Down Reply
Laura Palarz

Hi - I have a question about the StatCounter data used in this article. When looking at the StatCounter analytics options, I don't see an option for "Internet Usage" exactly; however, I do see a "market share" option that gives results close to the chart you have displayed here. Is that the correct option? Additionally, where does it state that market share is equated to overall internet usage? Couldn't this also be number of devices in use?

Also, how is internet usage measured? Page visits, time spent on the internet overal, etc.?

Thanks.







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