May 20, 2022

Statistics: Digital Use Around the World in July 2020 (More than 150 Charts)

From a We are Social Blog Post:

The global digital landscape is still evolving rapidly as we enter the second half of 2020, with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic continuing to influence and reshape various aspects of people’s daily lives.

Lockdowns may have been lifted across many countries, but many of the new digital behaviours that people adopted during confinement have endured, resulting in meaningful increases in various kinds of digital activity.

For context, Akamai reports that global internet traffic has grown by as much as 30 percent this year, while research from GlobalWebIndex shows that we’re still spending considerably more time using connected tech than we were at the start of 2020.

All of this increased activity has resulted in some important milestones and trends in our new Digital 2020 July Global Statshot report, produced in partnership with We Are Social and Hootsuite.

Key headlines this quarter include:

  • More than half of the world now uses social media
    Many digital habits formed during lockdown have endured, despite the easing of restrictions
  • Global TikTok use has surged, but future growth may be more challenging
  • Instagram has reached a big new audience milestone
  • Search behaviours are evolving, with important implications for brands

This is our most comprehensive quarterly report to date, with more than 150 charts of rich data and trends.

Direct to Summary Blog Post

Direct to Complete Report (186 Slides; via Slideshare)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.