Internet usage worldwide (infographic)

8 Sep 2012

Half of the world’s population will be online by 2017, the Forrester Research World Online Population Forecast, 2012 To 2017 (Global) reports. That’s 3.5bn out of 7.4bn people, a marked increased from the 2.4bn people online in 2012. But what’s behind those numbers? A new infographic breaks down internet usage worldwide.

In the infographic designed by WebpageFX and published on, China stands out in various respects. For instance, if the world’s population consisted of only 1,000 people, 271 would be on the internet. Out of those 271 people, most (57 people) would be in China.

There are also more internet users in China than there are people in the US, and China surpassed the US in 2007 as the leader in the number of total internet users.

The infographic isn’t all about China, though. It also provides other facts and figures, including the percentage of the population that’s online in developed and developing countries, which country has the most mobile internet users, and the number of people that discover the internet each month.

World internet image via Shutterstock


Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic