How Much Of The World Is Online Right Now?

With the proliferation of the internet coverage and digital as well as mobile technology, it is easy to assume that just about everyone in the world is online these days. However, that is not quite so. There are still some areas of the planet where, for several reasons, poverty obviously among them, internet services aren’t readily available yet, as aren’t communications and even in electricity, in general. On the other hand, some largely poor and overpopulated countries like those of Asian continent do have access to the internet, and account for a surprisingly large portion of the world’s internet usage. The question of how much of the world is online has thus got a c0mplex rather than straightforward answer.

At the present moment – March 2015 – there are an estimated over 3,089,011,000 internet users in the world, and the number is constantly rising. Given that the world’s population is over 7.1 billion, this means that about 40% of the world’s population is online, or at least has access to the internet. This is a very significant number, seeing as just 20 years ago, in 1995, only 1% of the world used the internet. The biggest growth in global internet usage occurred, however, in a relatively short period of time, as the number of internet users worldwide doubled between 2005 and 2010 (only 16% of the world’s population was using the internet in 2005, but 30% was online 5 years later).

It is also worth noting that, while the growth rate is quite similar, and the portion of internet users is still significantly smaller compared to that of the developed world, the percentage of internet users in the so-called underdeveloped world is now of 31%, as compared to only 8% in 2005. Internet penetration in the developed world, however, was already at 51% then, and the last recorded survey, in July 2013, showed that only 77% of the populainternet-globe-300x279tion of the most powerful countries in the world was online at the time. This is a relatively disappointing growth rate when compared to that of the other, poorer regions of the planet.

It is also worth pointing out that, while not all countries in those areas are considered as enjoying the same level of economic and social development, the vast majority of internet users in the world are in Asia and the Americas. In fact, all top 5 countries in the world with the largest number of Internet are either in America or Asia.

China and India, the two countries with the largest population in the world, are at 1st and 3rd place in the ranking of the countries with the most internet users, in large part due to the proliferation of mobile technology, which made internet access much cheaper and easier for users in poorer countries. But while their numbers are much smaller compared to those of these countries, developed countries such as the United States and Japan have a much higher percentage of internet penetration, with over 80% of their population already online.

All in all, the percentage of the world which is online now is quite remarkable, especially given how far it has come since the service first became widely available in the 90s. But while most of the developed world is already connected to the grid, the developing world is still catching up, which means the number of people online worldwide still has a large interval to grow into, and it shall grow in the next few years with the democratization provided by the increasingly popular mobile industry.