Experts Predict Five Big Internet Trends To Watch
As summer ends, a good read—the annual Meeker Internet Trend ReportExit Disclaimer is a highly anticipated resource for understanding today's digital landscape and identifying emerging social media and digital trends. (You can download the full reportExit Disclaimer [PDF, 6.4MB] .) A recent TechCrunch articleExit Disclaimer summarized some of the 2018 report's findings:
- Internet adoption: As of 2018, half the world's population (~3.6 billion people) is using the Internet, thanks, according to TechCrunchExit Disclaimer, to the availability of cheaper Android phones and increased access to WiFi.
- Mobile usage: TechCrunch notesExit Disclaimer that U.S. adults are spending more time online thanks to mobile. In 2017, they clocked 5.9 hours per day online in 2017 versus 5.6 hours/day in 2016.
- Mobile ads: TechCrunch also highlightedExit Disclaimer the fact that people are shifting their time to mobile
- Voice: According to TechCrunchExit Disclaimer, voice technology has reached a key turning point, with speech recognition hitting 95% accuracy.
In addition, the report noted the following trends:
1. Global digital media usage continues to grow: TechCrunch reports that:
- Mobile video usageExit Disclaimer has been sharply increasing each year since 2012.
- Due to increased global access to the Internet and social media penetration, technology disruption, cheaper connectivity, and data sharing are increasingExit Disclaimer.
- Time spent on digital mediaExit Disclaimer increased from 3 hours/day in 2009 to almost 6 hours/day in 2017.
2. Individuals are turning to the Internet for professional development and job opportunities - the Mary Meeker report notes that:
- Employees are seeking retraining and educationExit Disclaimer from online video platforms and online courses to keep up with new job requirements.
- Thirty percent of today's online learnersExit Disclaimer are from North America, as compared to 28% from Asia and 20% from Europe.
- Job search videos (e.g., resume-writing guides) online increased 40%Exit Disclaimer between 2016 and 2017.
3. Online networks are driving offline community connections - the report shows:
- Sites like Nextdoor are strengthening online connectionsExit Disclaimer within neighborhoods
- Online searches for products and/or services "near me" increased 900%Exit Disclaimer between 2015 and 2017
4. Social media is driving behaviors, like online purchasing - as indicated by the Meeker report:
- Online users are discovering products via social media sitesExit Disclaimer: Facebook (78%), Instagram (59%), Pinterest (59%), and Twitter (34%).
- Referrals from social media to ecommerce sites increased by 4% Exit Disclaimerin the last year.
- Facebook users are engaging more with adsExit Disclaimer on the site.
5. Public trust in online information and tools may be declining: Meeker reports:
- Content delivery platforms are re-evaluating user-generated contentExit Disclaimer to ensure greater accuracy and accountability.
- In the last 12 monthsExit Disclaimer 47% adjusted mobile privacy settings; 28% disabled cookies; etc.
Michael D. Shankle, MPH, Senior Director of Capacity Building at HealthHIV, noted: "It's an exciting time in technology advancement—especially related to health care—on both the individual and practice fronts. HealthHIV is applying and integrating this innovation in our capacity-building programs. Telemedicine (clinician to patient), real-time data-sharing, social-network engagement, and geo-mapping and positioning of services are just a few of the areas which enhance access to data to make informed decisions and positively impact delivery systems and health outcome."
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