Two Americas, meet two worlds: In the developed world, citizens are increasingly looking for ways to dial back, while billions elsewhere are still waiting on consistent internet access.
The big picture: The percentage of the global population with internet access has doubled from 24% in 2009 to 51% in 2019, according to the latest annual report by Mary Meeker, Bond Capital managing partner.
- Less than half the population of India and Nigeria are internet users, and even China's government statistics only claim 58% of residents are online.
- The Asia Pacific region has 53% of global internet users, Meeker notes, while only 48% of its population are internet users.
- Africa has 13% of users and 32% penetration.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. of A:
- 26% of U.S. adults say they're "almost always online," up from 21% three years ago, notes Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
- 63% of U.S. adults tried to limit personal smartphone use in 2018, up from 47% in 2017.
- But U.S. users still view the internet as a positive for themselves (88%) and society (70%), though both metrics have slightly decreased since 2014.
The bottom line: Most people with smartphones don’t “go online," they just are online, whether they want to be or not. Increasingly, in the developed world, the scarce commodity is finding a place and time where you don’t have access to the internet, Axios' Felix Salmon writes.