Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Number of People Having Internet Access

There are sites on the Internet that provide charts and data showing how many people have Internet access and what continents and countries they come from. Those data are very interesting. Let me here share some of those facts.
As of March 2009 there were 1.5 billion people having access to the Internet. That is approximately every fifth person on the planet. I am sure that in more civilized countries there is more than one person out of six surfing the Web. The majority of Internet users live in Asia (41%), then Europe (25%) and then North America (16%). What is important to understand is that the number of Internet users in Asia is growing exponentially. Among the languages used on the Internet, English is the main one followed by Chinese and other languages like Spanish, Japanese, and German. However, non–native English speakers outnumber native English speakers 3:1. The Internet is becoming increasingly popular because it is so useful. For the first time in history there is a cost-effective way for people living in different countries or even continents to communicate so easily. More and more people also have access to the Internet by using mobile devices such as phones or PDAs. Wireless Internet using technologies like Wi-Fi is also gaining on popularity.

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