iOS accounts for 2% of web traffic & other reasons not to trust statistics

I cam across an interesting chart today which shows that iOS is now generating just over 2% of the world’s traffic on the internet. (I can’t recall where I found it, so if someone could find me the source I’d be grateful.)

I was looking at this chart because web traffic has always been an interest to me, for obvious reasons. It was interesting to see that  iOS had hit 2%; I don’t see nearly that much on this blog (not that that matters). But then I really looked at the source of the numbers and I realized there might be a problem.

The country with the third largest chunk of iOS traffic is Guernsey, a small group of islands off the cost of UK. Guernsey has a population numbering around 65 thousand, and yet they managed to create 6% of iOS web traffic. Does that really make any sense?

Oh, I believe that this company is tracking the data correctly, but I also believe that a lot of users are fibbing. I wonder if Guernsey have a large number of TOR routers? I ask because I think it’s likely that people are anonymizing their web surfing rather than actually using iOS that much in Guernsey.

We really don’t know how accurate these numbers are without digging a lot deeper and asking the right questions. I can’t do that unfortunately, because it requires a subscription.

P.S. My web traffic is rather ordinary, with one exception. Four percent of my visitors are on Android, and that’s more than the rest of *nix combined. (Hi guys!)

P.P.S. If I’m wrong in my assumptions about Guernsey, please don’t hesitate to say so.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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