In terms of national-level Internet penetration, the US is fifth in the world (at 78.2% of our population), after the UK (82%), South Korea (80.9%), Germany (79.9%), and Japan (78.4%), according to InternetWorldStats.com’s Top 20 countries list for number of Net users (as 6/30/11). Purely in terms of Internet users, the Top 5 are China (with an estimated 485 million), the US (245m), India (100m), Japan (99m) and Brazil (76m). Interestingly, Nigeria – the only African country in the Top 20 – is No. 10 at 44 million Net users. The Internet’s Top 20 countries represent more than three-quarters of the world’s Net users (75.8%). This imbalance will change quickly as more and more people in developing countries are accessing the Net cheaply on 3G mobile phones (Kenyans, for example, spend 43% of their disposable income on mobile phones – see this).
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems
- U.S. Safer Internet Day focused on potential, positives and problems too