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Internet Population Grows to 2.4 Billion People

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According to updated Internet population numbers released by Internet World Stats, there are now 2,405,518,376 people connected to the Web.

Applied to a world population of 7.0 billion people, more than one third of the entire population is now accessing the Internet.

The lion's share of users resides in Asia (44.8 percent), followed by Europe (21.5 percent) and North America (11.4 percent). The highest penetration rates can still be found in North America (78.6 percent), Europe (63.2 percent) and the Middle east (40.2 percent). The lowest penetration is in Africa (15.6 percent).

For North America, 89.6 percent of Internet users live in the United States, but Greenland has the highest penetration rate: An estimated 52,000 people of a total population of 57,695 has Internet access (90.1 percent). The highest penetration rates can be found in Europe, specifically in Monaco (100.6 percent), Iceland (97.1 percent) and Norway (96.9 percent).

At least in theory about a quarter of all Internet residents own a web URL. Netcraft recently said that it identified 629,939,191 active sites in the beginning of January.

 

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    freggo , January 25, 2013 1:41 PM
    Monaco (100.6 percent)

    Got to love THG's articles.
    The 0.6% in Monaco are prob. unborn children whose heart rate monitor has a Facebook page making them countable... :-)
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    wanderer11 , January 25, 2013 1:40 PM
    Monaco has 100.6% penetration rates?
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    freggo , January 25, 2013 1:41 PM
    Monaco (100.6 percent)

    Got to love THG's articles.
    The 0.6% in Monaco are prob. unborn children whose heart rate monitor has a Facebook page making them countable... :-)
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    colaturka , January 25, 2013 1:55 PM
    love it how people exactly comment about the thing I hope they would comment on
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    applegetsmelaid , January 25, 2013 2:03 PM
    Greenland huh? I always thought Apple users had the highest penetration rate ;-)
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2013 2:27 PM
    the extra 0.6% is probably from visitors or tourists in Monaco. Use your brain before put in stupid comments
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    steelbox , January 25, 2013 3:34 PM
    abc77 read carefuly now that i made it easier to you "The lion's share of users resides in" and "For North America, 89.6 percent of Internet users live in". Do you know the meaning of live and reside? You can use you brain to comprehend things to you know.
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    dozerman , January 25, 2013 3:44 PM
    It's actually less than I would have guessed...
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    sliem , January 25, 2013 3:48 PM
    100.6%? How do they calculate penetration rate? Maybe the census is out of date.
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    gm0n3y , January 25, 2013 4:14 PM
    The US has an 89% internet usage rate? Who are those 11% of people not using the internet? Even my 90+ y/o grandparents use the internet regularly.

    I guess there are always homeless people, babies, the blind, mentally handicapped, people in comas, Amish, and hunter-gathering natives. Wait, how is it that Monaco has none of those people and an additional 0.6% population?
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    anxiousinfusion , January 25, 2013 4:53 PM
    sliem100.6%? How do they calculate penetration rate? Maybe the census is out of date.

    Tourists?
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    computernerdforlife , January 25, 2013 5:41 PM
    100.6%: That must mean that there are more internet connections versus the amount of people actually there - woah! *mind blown*
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    chewy1963 , January 25, 2013 7:46 PM
    In Monaco, even their Internet connections have Internet connections! :lol: 
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2013 8:32 PM
    "The highest penetration rates can still be found in North America"
    "Greenland has the highest penetration rate"
    "The highest penetration rates can be found in Europe"

    pschoooo
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    Someone Somewhere , January 26, 2013 1:17 AM
    How do they determine if a person is connected to the internet?

    If I have both a DSL connection at home and mobile broadband on my smartphone do I count twice?
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    skaniol , January 26, 2013 11:18 AM
    The 0.6%+ are probably tourists and I am 100% sure that the entire population of Monaco (although a small one) is not using the internet. I don't know how this is calculated, but it would makes sense if they are distinguishing internet users from local population. It's possible to have more users, than population, simply by including the temporary visitors who use the net. Also, it's possible to have way lower percent of internet users in a place where 100% of the actual residents are using it, just because there are many "ghosts", who are counted as residents but live/are elsewhere and are counted there if they use the net (Monaco).

    Anyway, whatever way they are using to calculate the internet population, it's probably not very accurate, but you get the bigger picture.
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    eomcaleb , January 26, 2013 3:33 PM
    100.6% penetration?
    that's how I performed last night.