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Number of global social network users 2010-2021

Number of social network users worldwide from 2010 to 2021 (in billions)

by J. Clement, last edited Aug 14, 2019
Number of global social network users 2010-2021

How many people use social media in the world?

Social media usage is one of the most popular online activities. In 2018, an estimated 2.65 billion people were using social media worldwide, a number projected to increase to almost 3.1 billion in 2021.

Social network usage worldwide

Social network penetration is constantly increasing worldwide and as of January 2019 stood at 45 percent. This figure is anticipated to grow as lesser developed digital markets catch up with other regions when it comes to infrastructure development and the availability of cheap mobile devices. In fact, most of social media’s global growth is driven by the increasing usage of mobile devices. Mobile-first market Eastern Asia topped the global ranking of mobile social networking penetration, followed by established digital powerhouses such as the Americas and Northern Europe.

The average time per day spent on social media varies greatly by country. Whilst U.S. users spent approximately one hour and 57 minutes using social media each day, the Philippines ranked first in terms of user engagement. The average time per day spent on social media in the country amounted to four hours and one minute, twice the amount of time spent by U.S. users.

Most popular social networks

Market leader Facebook was the first social network to surpass one billion registered accounts and currently boasts approximately 2.4 billion monthly active users, making it the most popular social network worldwide. By comparison, photo-sharing app Instagram had one billion monthly active accounts. In June 2019, the most downloaded social networking apps in the Apple App Store included mobile messaging apps WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, as well as the ever-popular app version of Facebook.
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Number of social network users worldwide from 2010 to 2021 (in billions)

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