Latest Ad Block Usage and Statistics You Need to Know [2022]

Adblocking Statistics 2022

Advertisements that appear when scrolling down the screen can be bothersome at times.

As a result, Internet users have begun to utilize the browser plugin Ad blockers, which may be configured to avoid irrelevant ads that they would never intend to purchase.

Do you know that adblocking stats are really impressive recently?

Effects of using adblockers:

  • readers are happier, but might lose opportunities
  • businesses are loosing money
  • subscription business is growing (from publishers)
  • advertisers are loosing customers
  • other industries are growing that do not rely on ads
almost 42% of people are using ad blocking software

Source: hootsuite

Adblocking usage varies by region and demographic, but some general trends and statistics include:

18-34 age range with highest usage of adblocking

  1. Adblocking is more common among younger internet users. According to a study conducted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), adblocking usage is highest among 18-34 year olds, with 35% of this age group using adblockers.
  2. Adblocking is more common on desktop devices than mobile devices. According to a study by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), 27% of desktop users in the United States use adblockers, compared to just 15% of mobile users.
  3. Adblocking usage is higher in certain countries. Adblocking usage is particularly high in Germany, where 45% of internet users use adblockers, according to a study by the IAB. Adblocking usage is also relatively high in France (37%), Sweden (35%), and Denmark (34%).
  4. Adblocking usage has been increasing in recent years. According to a study by the IAB, the percentage of internet users in the United States who use adblockers increased from 15% in 2016 to 22% in 2018.

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Having said that, many people are still uncomfortable with how businesses use their data to include them as significant leads.

Most consumers today would even pay subscription fees to avoid ads on online platforms such as YouTube, which just launched a premium plan for users to disable ads.

In fact, according to recent research of 2022, 42.7% of Internet users frequently use ad-blocking software.

website with and without adblocking
Website with and without adblocking software

To provide you with a fact-based insight into the current statistics and trends regarding ad blocking, this article contains current facts you need to know.

Let’s get started!

Ad blocker Usage and Trends

Statistics of US Internet Users using Ad blockers

Over 27% of US customers are anticipated to use ad blockers by 2022.

Data reveals a 71.97% increase in the percentage of ad blocker usage, up from 15.7% in 2014, indicating a gradual growth over the years.

Furthermore, in 2019, around 25.8% of internet users blocked advertisements, totalling 763.5 million ad blockers globally.

For more detailed data, here’s a table of the usage rates by year.

YEARUSAGE RATE
201415.7%
201520.6%
201621.5%
201723.6%
201824.6%
201925.8%
202026.4%
202127%
adblocking stats evolution 2014-2021

Source: Statista

Demographic Statistics on Internet Ad Blockers in the United States

Age

With a 41% usage rate, ad blockers are most common among young Internet users aged 18 to 24 while only 15.6% of those aged 65 and up use ad-blocking software. Data also have shown that kids ages 0 to 11 have the lowest usage rate of 5.3%

In addition, US internet users almost had an equal percentage in groups ages 34 to 44 and 45 to 54. 

The following is a detailed overview of adblocking usage by age group:

Age groupUsage Rate
0-115.3%
12-1735%
18-2441%
25-3436.8%
35-4429.9%
45-5429.8%
55-6424.8%
65+15.6%
adblocking usage by age

Gender

In addition to eMarketer data, 27.2% of both men and women in the United States use ad blockers as of 2021. Although there are only 25.6% female ad blockers and 26% male ad blockers in the United States in 2019.

Data below shows the usage rates by gender group:

YearMALEFEMALE
201926.0%25.6%
202127.227.2%
adblocking usage by gender

Source: eMarketer

Statistics of Ad blocker usage in the United States by device

According to a 2021 survey, 51% of US respondents use ad blockers on their Desktop computers and 30% use ad-blocking software tools on their cellphones.

Ad-blocking software is widely used by computer users in the United States, with usage steadily increasing year after year, with 51% being the highest usage rate since 2017. On the other hand, Ad blockers using smartphones only has 30% highest usage rate for the past 5 years.

Furthermore, the average usage rate for Computers since 2017 is 48% and 29% for smartphones.

YearComputerSmartphone
201749%26%
201846%30%
201947%29%
202047%30%
202151%30%
adblocking usage by device

Source: Statista

Top countries to whitelist websites for Adblockers

The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland are just a few of the countries that use ad blockers to whitelist websites in order to access content on the internet.

According to current research, 62% of Internet users in Finland use ad blockers to whitelist websites, mostly because the content is blocked when the ad blocker is enabled.

Despite a substantial increase in the use of ad-blocking tools, Germany has the lowest rate of internet users (39%), compared to other countries.

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Why do people whitelist websites?

  • content is blocked when adblocker is enabled on the domain
  • to support website with some ad revenue
  • just because ads on that website do not disturb them

Source: AudienceProject

Statistics of Adblockers from the different continents

According to the most recent data, ad blockers were most common in Asia in 2020, with a 40.6% usage rate, followed by Europe (29.6%) and the Americas (19.2%).

In addition to the 2021 PageFair Adblock Report, 40.6% of Internet users in Asia use an ad blocker, while other continents such as Europe (29.6%), America (19.2%), Africa (9.2%), and Oceania (1.2%) do as well.

Source: PageFair

Statistics of Adblocking of 46 countries

At least 40% of the whole population makes use of adblockers and is still expected to go higher over the next years.

Indonesia has the highest rate of adblockers at 56.80%, accounting for over half of their country’s internet user population, followed by India at 50.70%, South Africa at 49.20%, and so on.

While Japan, Ghana, and Morocco had the lowest percentages of Internet users using adblockers, with usage rates of 22.30%, 17.50%, and 17.20%, respectively.

Here is a list of all 46 nations surveyed by Hootsuite, ranked by the percentage of internet users aged 16 to 64 who use ad blockers:

List of countries and usage of ad blocking software

CountryUsage rate
Indonesia56.80%
India50.70%
South Africa49.20%
Malaysia49.00%
Portugal47.00%
China46.10%
Philippines45.30%
Taiwan45.00%
Colombia44.70%
Argentina44.30%
Poland44.30%
Austria43.00%
Romania42.70%
Turkey42.50%
New Zealand42.30%
Saudi Arabia41.60%
Canada41.30%
Singapore41.30%
Spain41.00%
Brazil40.70%
Ireland40.40%
Sweden40.20%
Germany40.10%
Thailand40.00%
UAE39.60%
Israel39.40%
Mexico39.20%
Hong Kong38.80%
USA38.80%
Egypt38.40%
France36.80%
Belgium36.60%
Kenya36.50%
Switzerland36.30%
Australia36.00%
Denmark36.00%
UK35.20%
Vietnam34.70%
Russia34.40%
Netherlands33.60%
Italy33.40%
Nigeria33.20%
South Korea29.60%
Japan22.30%
Ghana17.50%
Morocco17.20%

Source: Hootsuite

Statistics of Loss revenue of leading publishers

Ad blockers cost publishers $35 billion in lost ad revenue in 2020. A study by OnAudience reports that in 2017, global ad revenue losses due to Adblock were estimated to be $42 billion.

According to numerous study reports, publishers often lose 15-30% of their ad revenue to adblockers. Adblock losses vary by publisher niche and audience segments, amount of page or ad views per month, ad inventory fill rate, and average CPM pricing.

Adblock losses can be disastrous to a smaller blogger, YouTuber, niche content, or local news site, sparking interest in AdBlock and bypassing the publisher business.

Losses from adblockers can exceed the cost of many staff positions for a large news publisher with 1 million or more visits per month; even seven-digit losses are caused by adblockers, making it difficult for publishers to produce the same level of quality content.

From 2016 to 2020, statistic shows the financial impact of ad-blocking usage in the United States. According to estimates of Statista, the revenue lost due to ad blocking gradually increase from around 3.89 billion US dollars in 2016 to 12.12 billion in 2020.

Loss in the revenue of the United States from 2016 to 2020

Source: Statista

What do websites against adblockers?

Websites loose revenue because of this. And there are businesses who only rely on advertising as a source of revenue.

adblock software detected. Gated content.

The adblocking business became a business itself. There are companies building adblocking software and making money out of that.

Youtube without ads.

It’s difficult to determine a “winner” in the adblocking software market, as different adblockers may be more popular or widely used in different regions or among different groups of users.

Some of the most well-known adblockers include Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, and Ghostery.

ghoster browser extension
12825 reviews for Ghostery
adblock plus reviews count
176.000 reviews for Adblock Plus
26.000 reviews for ublock origin

They come in various formats but the most used are:

  • browser extensions (for Chrome, Firefox, Edge)
  • Windows and Mac apps

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