Internet Usage Continues to Grow According to ITU

For the first time, more than half of the world's population is using the InternetThe Internet has been growing steadily over the past two decades. Not only is it becoming more diverse, but a larger number of people are using it every single day. The important thing to note here is that the internet has been used by a larger and larger percentage of the population every year, and it seems like the end of the 2018 is going to bring about an important landmark in the history of the usage of the internet.

The number of internet users is going to be around 3.9 billion at the end of this year, which means that over half of the world’s population now uses the internet, that's according to International Telecommunication Union. An important aspect of this number is that it involves so many post-colonial economies that have now adopted the internet a great deal. For example, about fifteen years ago only two percent of people living on the continent of Africa had access to the internet. Another thing to note is the fact that many users that had internet access didn’t have fast internet either, they had to make do with whatever terrible internet they were getting.

The content of Africa is much changed since then. Now, about one in every four Africans have access to the internet, something that helps them connect with the world. It is both a sign of progress and a way for more progress to come to the continent, something that would have been much awaited in the centuries of poverty that the continent was plunged into in the post-colonial era.

Since 2005, the total number of internet users has quadrupled. It seems feasible that everyone on the planet will be using the internet in another decade, and this level of connectedness with one another will undoubtedly lead to good things.

Infographic - Half of the World Will be on the Worldwide Web
Chart courtesy of: Statista

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