The Internet Usage Worldwide [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 11-09-2012

We all know that the Internet is progressing in huge leaps and bounds, since its initial stuttering steps in the 90’s.  But not everyone in the world is lucky enough to have Internet access. Huge swathes of Africa, for example, are still offline.  But progress to bring the Net to as many people as possible is being made all the time, for example with cheap laptops, and new Internet service providers.


Which begs the question – who IS online?  Which countries dominate the Net and how do the numbers break down?  What do they spend their time doing, and which countries have declared Internet access a legal right?

All this and more in today’s infographic. Let us know in the comments what you think of it and whether you agree or disagree with the numbers.  Also tell us whether you think having online access should be a legal right in your country, and why.

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  1. karl
    September 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Nice infographic but I'm somewhat confused by the stats at the top. 271 total, ok got it. 57 Chinese, 35 American.. fine. 2 Australian? Are you telling us that countries like Germany, Japan, France, UK, Russia... I could go on have less people on the Internet than Australia? Kinda makes me doubt the rest of your facts. Looks great though.

  2. Igor Rizvi?
    September 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    i love those infographs,they always look nice :)

  3. fatihamzah
    September 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    China ohh, the biggest :D.. well, i am not chinese

  4. enzrovt
    September 12, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Erm ... there's something out there called "EU", ya know ....

  5. Don Ttiurp
    September 12, 2012 at 3:06 am

    The Headline says "World Wide Web" and the contents talk about the "Internet".
    The Web is not the Net, it is just one part of it.

  6. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    September 12, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I live in a developing country, I know why the number of internet users decreased. Who can stand a very slow internet connection? Our government spent big bucks on broadband penetration project but the speed won't make us happy especially in rural areas. They don't even have an internet connection. As for wifi users each month they can't use internet for a couple of time because phone cable always been stole. They must wait for a new cable installation.

  7. Paul
    September 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

    'Other' must be porn.

  8. Sebastian Hadinata
    September 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Great Infographic! Thanks for sharing :3

  9. Erlis D.
    September 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This is the coolest infographic I've ever read!
    The small number of internet users in the world means that there is still hope for improvement and new ideas in the world of internet! Also, internet is still too far to be bored with! But, something I don't like from it, is that people who use it too much, become addicted, and forget about the outside world.. Hello people, parks still exists!

  10. GrrGrrr
    September 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Good to see India in the list

  11. Faisal Ahmed
    September 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Internet is the sea of information...Information generates Knowledge...and last but not the least - Knowledge is Power. And the Power of People has been presented in different parts of the world through the use of social media...The more Internet will be pervasive, the more the people become aware of their own right and will find out ways to fight - obviously legally.

    Nice to know that some countries has already declared Internet as a Legal Right for the citizen; expect that one day it will be the basic right of each and every people of the globe...

    • dragonmouth
      December 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      "Internet is the sea of information…"
      No, the Internet is a cesspool of information, a lot of it incorrect, erroneous, inaccurate and/or intentionally misleading. As karl asks "Where are Germany, Japan, France, UK, Russia" on the list? Do they have less users per capita than Australia? Right here you have an example of how (un)reliable the information on the 'Net is. Yes, Internet is great for spreading information but it is lousy for providing reliable information.