October 9, 2018

Compare Africa’s rates of internet use, mobile phone ownership, smartphone ownership and social media use with other countries around the globe

Compare Africa's rates of internet use, mobile phone ownership, smartphone ownership and social media use with other countries around the globe

% of adults who use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone
(Countries surveyed in Africa are highlighted in green)

Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States 84 84 86 88 89
Canada 90 91 91
France 75 81 87
Germany 85 85 87
Greece 60 66
Hungary 66 74
Italy 72 71 71
Netherlands 95 93
Poland 63 63 69 73 75
Spain 87 90 87
Sweden 93 92
United Kingdom 88 89 88
Russia 66 73 72 78
Australia 93 93 93
China 55 63 65 71
India 16 20 22 21 25
Indonesia 23 24 30 30
Japan 69 72 76
Philippines 34 42 40 56
South Korea 94 96
Vietnam 43 50 64
Israel 86 88
Jordan 47 47 67 80
Lebanon 57 62 66 83
Tunisia 40 42 44
Turkey 41 72 76
Ghana 26 21 25 39
Kenya 37 29 40 39
Nigeria 33 39 39 42
Senegal 34 28 31 46
South Africa 43 41 42 59
Tanzania 19 21 25
Argentina 68 62 71 78
Brazil 49 51 60 70
Chile 66 76 78 78
Colombia 57 75
Mexico 45 50 54 67
Peru 46 52 64
Venezuela 59 67 67 72

Note: “–” indicates data not available for this year. Internet use is based on individuals who report either using the internet occasionally or owning a smartphone. Percentages are based on total sample.
Source: Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. Q63, Q64, Q65 & Q71. U.S. data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018. China data from Spring 2016 Global Attitudes Survey.

% of adults who use online social networking sites
(Countries surveyed in Africa are highlighted in green)

Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States 61 62 65 69 69
Canada 66 65 68
France 43 48 53
Germany 42 37 40
Greece 46 45
Hungary 53 56
Italy 47 53 48
Netherlands 70 61
Poland 43 39 46 50 46
Spain 57 63 59
Sweden 71 67
United Kingdom 58 61 60
Russia 57 62 61 66
Australia 65 70 69
China 26 37 41 60
India 8 13 14 14 20
Indonesia 19 21 26 26
Japan 36 43 39
Philippines 30 39 35 49
South Korea 51 69
Vietnam 34 38 53
Israel 65 68
Jordan 40 39 60 75
Lebanon 41 42 49 72
Tunisia 34 37 38
Turkey 32 62 63
Ghana 20 15 20 32
Kenya 28 26 32 30
Nigeria 28 32 33 35
Senegal 25 24 23 35
South Africa 27 30 31 43
Tanzania 15 17 20
Argentina 51 52 59 65
Brazil 36 42 48 53
Chile 50 66 66 63
Colombia 46 61
Mexico 35 41 44 53
Peru 39 42 53
Venezuela 49 59 59 59

Note: “–” indicates data not available for this year. Internet use is based on individuals who report either using the internet occasionally or owning a smartphone. Percentages are based on total sample.
Source: Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. Q63, Q64, Q65 & Q71. U.S. data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018. China data from Spring 2016 Global Attitudes Survey.

% of adults who own a cellphone
(Countries surveyed in Africa are highlighted in green)

Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States 89 89 91 95 95
Canada 79 83 86 83
France 86 85 85 91 93
Germany 88 90 94 94 92
Greece 88 88 89 91
Hungary 89 91
Italy 92 93 95 89 90
Netherlands 96 96
Poland 84 84 88 89 91
Spain 91 91 96 97 97
Sweden 97
United Kingdom 92 92 92 93 93
Russia 94 96 96 96
Australia 91 94 95 94
China 95 97 97 97
India 77 81 78 72 73
Indonesia 78 78 77 75
Japan 85 87 89 92 92
Philippines 71 74 70 74
South Korea 100 100 100 100
Vietnam 82 86 92
Israel 92 93 97 97
Jordan 95 97 98 99
Lebanon 86 85 88 95
Tunisia 88 86 84
Turkey 87 95 96
Ghana 79 83 75 80
Kenya 82 82 82 80
Nigeria 78 89 89 80
Senegal 81 83 83 79
South Africa 91 89 89 91
Tanzania 73 73 75
Argentina 83 82 82 85
Brazil 80 87 86 86
Chile 91 93 93 93
Colombia 89 89
Mexico 63 74 72 75
Peru 77 78 84
Venezuela 88 83 77

Note: “–” indicates data not available for this year. Internet use is based on individuals who report either using the internet occasionally or owning a smartphone. Percentages are based on total sample.
Source: Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. Q63, Q64, Q65 & Q71. U.S. data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018. China data from Spring 2016 Global Attitudes Survey.

% of adults who own a smartphone
(Countries surveyed in Africa are highlighted in green)

Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States 56 55 67 72 77
Canada 67 72 71
France 49 58 62
Germany 60 66 72
Greece 46 53
Hungary 49 61
Italy 60 63 67
Netherlands 79 80
Poland 21 29 41 52 57
Spain 71 79 79
Sweden 80 80
United Kingdom 68 72 72
Russia 23 33 45 59
Australia 77 79 82
China 37 55 58 68
India 12 14 17 18 22
Indonesia 11 15 21 27
Japan 39 55 59
Philippines 17 20 22 44
South Korea 88 94
Vietnam 24 35 53
Israel 74 83
Jordan 38 41 51 76
Lebanon 45 48 52 80
Tunisia 12 12 27
Turkey 17 59 69
Ghana 15 14 21 35
Kenya 19 15 26 30
Nigeria 19 27 28 32
Senegal 13 15 19 34
South Africa 33 34 37 51
Tanzania 8 11 13
Argentina 34 34 48 65
Brazil 15 24 41 54
Chile 39 58 65 72
Colombia 27 56
Mexico 21 28 35 42
Peru 16 25 41
Venezuela 31 39 45 38

Note: “–” indicates data not available for this year. Internet use is based on individuals who report either using the internet occasionally or owning a smartphone. Percentages are based on total sample.
Source: Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. Q63, Q64, Q65 & Q71. U.S. data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018. China data from Spring 2016 Global Attitudes Survey.