Global averages can hide that only some world regions have connected more than 50% of their population. Europe reached 50% eleven years before the rest of the world, and has now reached nearly 80%. Meanwhile only 24% of people in Africa use the internet.
To really understand the weight of this inequality, consider that more than 80% of the world’s population lives in developing countries. If there were only 100 people living in the world, almost 56 of them would be living in the Asia & Pacific region where the world’s most populous countries, China and India, are. Only 26 would have internet access.
In Europe, 7 out of 9 people would be using the internet. And in Africa, less than 4 out of 13 would be online.