The State Of Data, December 2020

By Gil Press | Forbes | Dec 27, 2020

Data is eating the world and there are many indicators of its ubiquitous presence in our lives. From fueling the recent success of “artificial intelligence” (AI) and the rise of “digital transformation” to its accelerated growth due to Covid-19 to new approaches to its “monetization” (finding money in mining data, a growing practice since at least the 1970s) to how it makes businesses and consumers both anxious and animated, data dominates our deeds, debates, and dreams.

Here’s the data on the state-of-data at the end of 2020.

The Covid effect…

2,165 billion      the number of total streaming minutes from February 24 to June 7, 2020, up from 1,165 billion in the same period in 2019 [Recode]

37.1                    the percentage increase in third quarter 2020 e-commerce from the third quarter of 2019 (while total retail sales increased 6.9% in the same period) [U.S. Census Bureau]

51                       the percentage of CIOs and CTOs that report accelerating the adoption of machine learning and AI due to covid-19 [IEEE]

32                       the percentage of business executives at companies that adopted AI in sales and marketing that reported the failure of their machine learning models in that function that relied on data collected before the pandemic and did not reflect changing consumer behavior [McKinsey]

“Buying one-way airline tickets was a good predictor of fraud [in automated detection models]. And then with the Covid-19 lockdowns, suddenly lots of innocent people were doing it,” Svetlana Sicular, Gartner

7.6                     the percentage of data scientists and analytics professionals that reported in July 2020 that their team actually increased hiring due to the Covid-19 crisis [Burtch Works]

84                       the percentage of employers that are set to rapidly digitalize working processes, including a significant expansion of remote working [World Economic Forum]

52                       the percentage of employed Americans that were working from home in late October at least one day a week, 71% of them as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic [Fast Company]

46                       the percentage of work-from-home employees who say they spend up to 2 hours a day interacting with digital colleagues or software robots [ABBYY]

57                       the percentage of work-from-home employees that have binge-watched a TV show during work hours since the start of the pandemic [Fast Company]

52                       the percentage of consumers that say digital capabilities are a primary requirement when searching for a small service provider, a 30% increase during the pandemic [Moxtra]

27                       the percentage of Gen Z/Millennials that confess to online shopping while in a meeting [Harris]

25                       the percentage of organizations that believe they are at greater cybersecurity risk now than before the pandemic [Netwrix]

19                       the percentage of UK workers that report having seen an increase in cyber attacks while working from home [Iomart]

$44.94 billion    the estimated digital restaurant marketplace sales (e.g., DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub) in 2020, up from $20.08 billion in 2019 [eMarketer]

24.95                  the percentage annual growth of the worldwide tablet market in the third quarter of 2020 with shipments totaling 47.6 million units—”The demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work, learning, and leisure due to COVID-19 restrictions drove the market” [IDC]

35.1                    the percentage annual growth of the global wearables market during the third quarter of 2020 with total shipments reaching 125 million units, partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic [IDC]

208,333              the number of participants in Zoom meetings every minute [Domo]

29                       the percentage increase during the pandemic in the overall time playing video games []

42                       the percentage of Americans who had dated online in the past that say they’re doing so more now compared to before the pandemic [Harris]

“The dating game in COVID is all screen and no scene,” John Gerzema, CEO, The Harris Poll

The data effect…

21                       the percentage rise in the blood pressure level of 1,100 test participants due to stress caused by slow loading web pages [Cyber-Duck]

84                       the percentage of Americans that are worried that data collection for Covid-19 containment will sacrifice too much of their privacy [Okta]

31                       the percentage of Americans that say the federal government can be trusted to collect and protect personal information and data for contact tracing; 32% trust private sector companies and 38% trust state and local governments [IBM]

“The data is moving slower than the disease”—Dr. Umair Shah, Washington state secretary of health

24                       the percentage of Americans that are willing to share their data with law enforcement agencies [Okta]

0.5 billion          the number of devices such as computers, routers and fitness trackers that Washington DC-based SignalFrame can determine their real-world location and identity by tapping up to 5 million cellphones [WSJ]

55                       the percentage of American adults that are worried about government agencies tracking them through location data generated from their cellphones and other digital devices [Harris Poll/WSJ]

47                       the number of minutes it takes to read social media privacy policies, on average []

77                       the percentage of Americans that believe data collected on social platforms shouldn’t be used for political targeting [Pew Research]

41                       the percentage of journalists believing that social media algorithms will change the way they work the most, up from 38% in 2019 [Cision]

76                       the percentage of Millennials and Gen Z that agree that “I spend too much time on the internet (surfing the web, social media, apps)” [Harris]

175 million        the number of people sending a message to a WhatsApp Business account every day [WhatsApp]

41,666,667        the number of messages shared on WhatsApp every minute [Domo]

5.83 million             transactions/second on the Alibaba cloud in the 2020 “Singles Day,” the world’s largest online shopping day, up from 5.44 million transactions/second in 2019 [ChinAI]

500-600 billion the number web pages included in Google’s index, up from 1 billion in 2000 [New York Times]

16.1                    the share of e-commerce of total U.S. retail sales in the second quarter of 2020, up from 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 1999 [U.S. Census Bureau]

59 zettabytes    the amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed in the world in 2020, up from 33 zettabytes (33 trillion gigabytes) in 2018 [IDC]

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