How ads are chewing through half of your mobile data
Many people see adverts as the scourge of the internet but they remain the major, and in many cases, only, revenue stream for online media publishers. Another blow has been struck to online advertising recently, however, as a study has revealed how it could constitute for as much as 79 percent of the mobile data consumed by each web page.
An average of 48% of our data is spent on ads
The study, published by media research firm Enders Analysis in late April, suggested that, on average, almost half of the data required to view a web page is consumed by advertising. To test this, Enders used a browser that mimicked an iPhone 6 and accessed a total of eight "popular" news sites (though they didn't confirm what these were).
"On the basis of this investigation, an estimate that says advertising accounts for half of all data used by publisher pages on iPhones does not look unreasonable," the report stated.
Oh, so that's why I run out of data before the end of the month...
Well, not exactly. This was only tested on eight unnamed news sites on a system which represented an iPhone 6: it's far from comprehensive. That said, it does provide insight into the potential effect that advertising can have on mobile data.
Mobile data is consumed by far more than just webpages: downloads, streaming, messages and apps can all add to how much mobile data your device uses. But mobile browsers like Chrome are often at the top of this list (just check your mobile data page in your Android settings now to see for yourself).
Solutions to this issue are scarce, but Adblock services do provide one way to reduce this data consumption. This is a controversial subject, though, as ads are often the sole source of a website's revenue, and cutting this off invariably means cutting funding for that site.
With online ads being so omnipresent – and indeed vital to the survival of most websites – we just hope that they can be made more efficient, and their cost to the mobile data plans of consumers reduced further. For more ideas on this topic, check out our helpful guide to reducing your mobile data consumption.
What is your position on online advertising and mobile data consumption? Let us know in the comments.
If we are padding the pockets of the websites we are doing our part as we want information or gaming. They have found to get more money from ads than from the consumer. So I think since our data is ate up by most web sites, the price of all mobile phones should go down in price. Way down in price. Why don't we get something out of this.
Holy shit, I had no idea that ads had this much power. Damn sneaky, if I may say.
I use the Samsung browser and adblocker to avoid most of those pesky ads. I doubt a site would be shut down because a few people use ad blockers while the masses don't. A lot of forum sites have a dandy donate button instead of ads and just a few dedicated users that donate can easily keep a site up and running. There is always more than one option, and over use of ads is a problem, in my opinion.
Going down on the price of the phones we buy since it eats the data up we could purchase new phones. They can get funding from the phones we have to buy to keep up with the ads hmmm
I installed ublock origins on Firefox (android), so I don't have this problem, since I don't see ads
I've been unable to use my Google Play Store services 4 passed 4days now. Each time l Try d fone tells me it is missing.
easy for me to say living in the UK... but..
I avoid using cellular network for anything apart from calls txt and emails...
issues about advertising will always be prevalent...
when just about everything in our world has to be economically viable advertising and data consumption is just gonna increase...
what I do appreciate is decent targeted advertising that provides information about goods and services I like or need..
I don't wanna see "my device has a virus" advert, but other stuff can be helpful..
Ad are the reason I will only install game apps that can be played offline. I only turn on Wi-Fi if I an doing something. I rarely ever use mobile data, only in an extreme pinch. I have everything on Micro SD that I need music, movies etc... that way I don't need to stream anything.
Without root nothing can happen?
For best result, you have to root your phone. few ad-blockers need root access to block ads
You can use Firefox and install ublock origins
Root and run an ad blocker. Play your games in airplane mode.
Rooting is one of the best method but playing games in airplane mode is not an good idea because most of the best games can only be played online.
We differ on what constitutes best
TBH if your idea of "best games" needs to have an ad blocker because there's so many ads on it, and your device NEEDS to be online (it's basically DRM!) you should probably reevaluate what you think the "best games" are. Goat Simulator has ZERO ads and is very much playable OFFline, for example, that's an easy contender for "best game..."
Maybe "your" data is half ads, but not MY data.
U did not annoy with ads...
So what is the solution...how to block ads.it also comes on other apps..such as mx player, s360 security and many more...is there any solution?
Best way to remove ads is by rooting your phone. Also you can use ad-blocker plus apk