I recently came across a cool big data infographic which neatly details how big data touches our lives everyday. I found it very interesting so I got permission from the creators to share with my blog subscribers. It is true, whether we know it or not big data plays a huge part in our everyday lives. On a daily basis we produce the equivalent of 10 million blu-ray discs of data, which equates to a staggering 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. This affects everything from the world’s economy to how we save money online. Can you imagine a world without data?
There is no doubt that the emergence of new data has a positive impact on our lives. It allows us to track our personal health, dietary habits and bank statements all through a smart phone. The fast growing wearable tech phenomenon allows us to see how many calories we have burnt, track glucose levels and blood pressure through various health apps packed with big data.
Big data helps us save money on what we eat too with loyalty card schemes, cashback sites and money-off coupons all designed to reduce the weekly food bill. The same goes for transport, recreation & leisure and holidays.
A staggering 90% of the world’s data has been created in the past two years. With so much data so readily available it looks certain that our lives will continue to be driven by big data.
The way we shop online has changed for the better thanks to the emergence of big data. The majority of things that we look to purchase online come with customer reviews and more detailed analysis from product review companies. This data gives us a much clearer picture of the products we buy.
It’s not just shopping online that has been influenced by big data it’s the entire internet. Discovering new information through the internet has never been easier. The global internet population grew by 14.3% between 2011 and 2013 and 3 billion people now have access to the internet.
Social media is an element of big data that has seen rapid growth in recent years. The constant emergence of up to date information through Twitter and Instagram allows incredible accessibility to global news and data. There are 204 million emails sent every minute around the world and there are 277,000 tweets and 216,000 Instagram posts sent every 60 seconds too.
None of us enjoy receiving energy bills but big data can help to reduce these costs. It is far easier to track and monitor your energy usage so you can set heating timers and water pressures to save on your bills. Big data has also made it simpler to monitor the condition of your car in terms of mileage and fuel consumption. Many cars now come with built-in tech such as sat-nav systems and parking sensors. If you use public transport to get to work there is access to real time data to help you plan your journey in case of delayed services or structural work on roads or rail lines.
Our authorities and emergency services use big data to help analyse crime and accidents all the time and this collated data is constantly improving.
It’s definitely here to stay so we have decided to dig a little deeper into the facts behind global big data:
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Big Data Everyday Infographic, Source: Vouchercloud.net
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