The average Internet user today is around 38 years old. The older generations have an increasing rate of participation online, but the net is still dominated by the younger and educated above average. Is the Internet we’re looking at today just a piece of the future pie? Apart from technological innovation, will it keep expanding even further as the generations become progressively immersed in digital technologies or will we witness some kind of tiring with the net in the later life decades of the coming generations?
I imagine that the pie will keep expanding until all ages are naturally saturated with digital, which might put this in a timeline of the next 60 or so years. It’ll be interesting to see the changes both online and in the industries handling the web, whether marketing or web design, where right now almost all employees are below 40.
‘To what extent do we feel overcrowded, as a species?’ is the first question asked by Charles Platt, a guest blogger at Boing Boing where he recently published this population visualisation.
To create this chart I turned to the CIA Factbook, where I looked up the populations of various nations and then divided this number into their land area (excluding lakes and rivers) to get the number of square feet available per person. I represented the results in squares that are all drawn to the same scale.
Today another great infographic! Justin Wehr just posted this on his blog Wehr in the World. The graphs are a compilation of comScore data from the 15 countries most populated with Internet users. According to comScore, the number of unique users worldwide has just reached a billion, which still leaves the world with only between 15 and 22 percent of its population on the Internet.
Using the comScore numbers, here is the breakdown by country and region (in unique visitors as of December, 2008; some of the numbers are rounded):
Top 15 countries, by Internet population:
- China: 179.7 million
- United States: 163.3 million
- Japan: 60.0 million
- Germany: 37.0 million
- United Kingdom: 36.7 million
- France: 34.0 million
- India: 32.1 million
- Russia: 29.0 million
- Brazil: 27.7 million
- South Korea: 27.3 million
- Canada: 21.8 million
- Italy: 20.8 million
- Spain: 17.9 million
- Mexico: 12.5 million
- Netherlands: 11.8 million
Worldwide Internet Audience
- Asia Pacific: 416 million (41.3%)
- Europe: 283 million (28.0%)
- North America: 185 million (18.4%)
- Latin America: 75 million (7.4%)
- Middle East & Africa: 49 million (4.8%)
[via Wehr in the World & Techcrunch]
Bringing up baby
Jun 14th 2007
EUROPE’S demographic picture has long been painted as one of low fertility and a declining population. But according to Jitka Rychtarikova of the Charles University in Prague, there is a demographic tale of two Europes. From Scandinavia to France, countries’ populations are recovering and childbearing is increasing. Indeed, France and Ireland are reaching the magic replacement-level fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman in a lifetime. By contrast, from the Mediterranean through to eastern Europe, low fertility rates and ageing populations still abound. Various measures appear to encourage having more babies, from flexible working hours to removing the stigma from illegitimacy.