Social networks are platforms widely used today by users. We have at our disposal a wide range of possibilities. Some allow us to share our opinion with the world, others offer us the possibility of uploading photos or videos and in other cases we simply use them to be in contact with friends and family. As we see, there are many different types. Now, how much data does social media use? This is interesting to know especially when we are going to connect from the mobile and therefore we are going to use our data rate.
Keep in mind that social networks are very different from each other. Some can display a large number of images and videos, such as Facebook or Instagram, while others basically what they show is text, such as Twitter (although it also contains images and videos sometimes).
This means that not all social networks consume the same, but we can make a general estimate of the main ones. In this way we will know how much data we can spend simply by spending time on them.
How Much Data Does Instagram Use?
If we start with Instagram , which is one of the most popular today, we can say that it is one of the most consuming. Without a doubt it is a very visual social network, where we can see many images in a very short time. But also it also shows videos that users upload. This especially is what increases the expense of the Internet and will also require a minimum network to function properly.
So, we can say that viewing a photograph on Instagram can consume more or less 0.5 MB. This means that if we see 10 images in our friends list we will have spent 5 MB. If we take a good time and see 100 images we will spend approximately 50 MB. This speaking of images only. If we now turn to the Instagram stories , there the consumption increases significantly. Each video can spend about 3MB. This means that watching 3 videos can reach 10 MB on average.
Consumption will therefore depend on the time we spend on this social network and especially what we do on it. If we consume many videos in stories or videos uploaded by other users, the consumption will be much higher. Simply by watching a couple of videos in the stories of 10 users we would already be talking about 60 MB of consumption. If we do that 30 days a month we would be talking about 1.8 GB.
How Much Data Does Facebook Use?
Facebook works similarly to Instagram in this regard. We can see photos of the users, as well as videos. Just by opening the application we will have already spent at least 1 MB for the initial load of the content. From there we can spend an additional 1 MB for each image that we see in a publication. Even viewing publications without images can also consume, although logically much less and we would have to see 5 or 6 to achieve the same consumption.
Beyond images, Facebook also allows you to watch videos . Here consumption increases significantly. We return to the same of Instagram, although it must be mentioned that here the videos are usually longer and therefore heavier. We could consume approximately 2 MB for every minute of video. Of course, it also depends on the quality. We can say that if we watch a 10-minute video we will spend about 20 MB. It can be more if that video has higher quality.
How Much Data Does Twitter Use?
Finally we have the case of Twitter. This social network consumes much less than the previous ones, especially if we configure the application so that it does not display images. This way it would only show texts, so we would save a lot. A photo tweet can consume approximately 0.25 MB. Therefore, every four tweets with images that we see we will have spent 1 MB. Now, how many tweets can we see at the end of the day? To this we must add that there are some tweets that have videos, so consumption can triple.
In short, this is approximately the data consumption that we can have when using social networks . We have put the three social networks that we consider main, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep in mind that there are many more, but in general consumption is similar.
In short, the consumption of images and videos must be kept in mind. It is there where we can consume more. Especially videos can weigh down our data rate. It is interesting that we control consumption when we connect to social networks from our mobile.