If you’re already annoyed by the way everyone you know seems to be totally absorbed by their smartphones, I’m afraid this isn’t good news for you. According to the results of Ericsson’s 2013 mobility report, the amount of people connecting to the internet via mobile devices is only going to rise from here.
In the past few years, mobile internet consumption has seen a steady rise both on smartphones and other mobile devices. In 2010 their world had yet to hit the 1 billion mark of mobile internet users, and yet only 3 years later in 2013, there are over 2.2 billion mobile connection subscriptions around the world. The trend has been so steady that it is fully expected to continue growing well into the next few years.
It is expected that by 2019 there will be 5.6 billion people connecting to the internet via their smartphones, and a further 800 million who use devices such as laptops, tablets, and mobile routers to connect. This will bring the estimated total of global mobile internet connections up to a staggering 6.4 billion.
This chart by Statista and Mashable shows the current growth in connection trends and the projected figures for connections by 2019.