In 2014, We’ll Generate 5 Billion GBs of Data Every 10 Minutes

Wikibon’s latest infographic provides a detailed look into the state of the web today, and a small glimpse into what we may see tomorrow (full infographic below).

In 2003 humanity passed the decisive 5 billion gigabyte mark – companies and individuals have produced nearly five petabytes worth of information in just a few decades.  Today we generate that amount of data every two days, and in a year we’ll do so in a mere 10 minutes.

Wikibon credits this to the explosion of connected devices among all demographics, from the very young to the elderly.

Individuals between the ages of 18-29 watch the least television among the three key demographics covered in the infographic. This audience spends an average 110 hours in front of a TV screen every month, compared to the 145-hour average among people aged 30-49 and the 193 hour record held by 50+ year olds.

Nearly 95 percent of millennials use the internet, compared with the 87 percent who belong to the X Generation and 74 percent of baby boomers.   Surprisingly however, they don’t consume the most data.

Millenials watch 53.5 gigabytes worth of content every month, more than the 44Gb average of those who are older than 50 but considerably less than the 58.4 gigabytes/month average of the 30-49 demographics. The latter group also spends the most time surfing the web, with a 113 megabyte per month lead over the boomers and 175 MG ahead of the millennials.

Two thirds of males and female aged 19-29 own tablets or smartphones, accounting for a higher percentage of the total demographic more than mobile device owners in the two other groups. But the X generation is not that far behind with 59 percent, especially considering that they own more PCs, e-readers and tablets than both the younger and older generations.