February 13, 2014

Greater Technology Use Linked to Higher Per Capita Income

Technology usage is strongly correlated with national income across the countries surveyed. Countries with a higher GDP per capita generally have higher rates of smartphone ownership and internet and social networking use, while poorer countries tend to have lower rates of technology usage. Mouse over the countries below to reveal technology use and GDP per capita data for all 24 of the countries surveyed.

Correlation: 0.801

* Based on total sample
Source: Pew Research Center, Spring 2013 survey, Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology; Data for GDP per capita (PPP) from IMF World Economic Outlook, October 2013