(WASHINGTON) -- There's a very good reason why virtually everything there is to see in the world can be found on YouTube.
According to a new study by the Pew Internet Project, just over seven in 10 Americans use video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
Back in the early days of these sites, namely five years ago, only a third of Americans used YouTube. Last year, it was 66 percent.
Kathleen Moore of Pew explained their popularity saying, "The rise of broadband and better mobile networks and devices has meant that video has become an increasingly popular part of users’ online experiences. People use these sites for every imaginable reason -- to laugh and learn, to watch the best and worst of popular culture and to check out news."
To get an idea of just how often people visit YouTube, Moore says that the equivalent of two days of video is posted there every minute and there are currently over three billion views per day.
People are accessing video-sharing sites through mobile connections 200 million times daily. Furthermore, a third of cellphone users say they shot videos with their phone and 22 percent have posted videos online, while a quarter have watched videos on these mobile devices.
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