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2020 by the Numbers: Ways We Created Colossal Amounts of Data in 2020

Now that the year 2020 has come to a close, we thought it would be a good opportunity to look back on 2020 by the numbers. The amount of data we produce every day is truly mind-boggling and we gathered together some stats to help illustrate some of the ways we created colossal amounts of data and how 2020 impacted our daily lives.

  • 2,165 billion is the number of total streaming minutes from February 24 to June 7, 2020, up from 1,165 billion in the same period in 2019 [Recode]
  • 52% of employed Americans that were working from home in late October at least one day a week, 71% of them as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic [Fast Company]
  • 46% of work-from-home employees say they spend up to 2 hours a day interacting with digital colleagues or software robots [ABBYY]
  • 57% of work-from-home employees that have binge-watched a TV show during work hours since the start of the pandemic [Fast Company]
  • 27% of Gen Z/Millennials that confess to online shopping while in a meeting [Harris]
  • 25% of organizations that believe they are at greater cybersecurity risk now than before the pandemic [Netwrix]
  • There have been $44.94 billion estimated digital restaurant marketplace sales (e.g., DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub) in 2020, up from $20.08 billion in 2019 [eMarketer]
  • There have been 208,333 participants in Zoom meetings every minute [Domo]
  • There's been a 29% increase during the pandemic in the overall time playing video games [angle.co]
  • 42% of Americans who had dated online in the past that say they're doing so more now compared to before the pandemic [Harris]
  • A 21% rise in the blood pressure level of 1,100 test participants due to stress caused by slow loading web pages [Cyber-Duck]
  • There are 0.5 billion devices such as computers, routers and fitness trackers that Washington DC-based SignalFrame can determine their real-world location and identity by tapping up to 5 million cellphones [WSJ]
  • 55% of American adults that are worried about government agencies tracking them through location data generated from their cellphones and other digital devices [Harris Poll/WSJ]
  • It takes 47 minutes to read social media privacy policies, on average [addictivetips.com]
  • 76% of Millennials and Gen Z agree that they "spend too much time on the Internet (surfing the web, social media, apps)" [Harris]
  • 175 million people send a message to a WhatsApp Business account every day [WhatsApp]
  • There are 500-600 billion web pages included in Google's index, up from 1 billion in 2000 [New York Times]
  • 59 zettabytes is the amount of data created, captured, copied and consumed in the world in 2020, up from 33 zettabytes (33 trillion gigabytes) in 2018.