Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2016

3. Social networking very popular among adult internet users in emerging and developing nations

Once online, people in emerging and developing nations are hungry for social interaction. Comparatively fewer online adults in advanced economies say they use social networks, though half or more still report using social media in these countries. It is important to note that while internet users in emerging and developing economies are more likely to […]

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2016

2. Smartphone ownership rates skyrocket in many emerging economies, but digital divide remains

In just the past two years, there has been a vast increase in the share of people in many emerging nations surveyed who report owning a smartphone. Despite these rapid changes, richer countries in the survey still report higher levels of smartphone ownership compared with poorer nations. And smartphone rates in advanced economies still have […]

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2016

1. Internet access growing worldwide but remains higher in advanced economies

In many advanced economies, the ubiquity of the internet is now a given. It permeates commerce, social interactions, politics, culture and daily life. But this is not the case in all parts of the world. And while internet access continues to grow in poorer nations, there is still a long way to go before the […]

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2016

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress. To that end, there has been a noticeable rise over the past two years in the percentage of people in the emerging and developing nations surveyed by Pew Research Center who say that they use the internet and own a smartphone.

Pew Research CenterApril 15, 2015

Cell Phones in Africa: Communication Lifeline

In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.

Pew Research CenterMarch 19, 2015

Internet Seen as Positive Influence on Education but Negative on Morality in Emerging and Developing Nations

As more people around the world gain access to all the tools of the digital age, the internet will play a greater role in everyday life. And so far, people in emerging and developing nations say that the increasing use of the internet has been a good influence in the realms of education, personal relationships and the economy.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 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 […]

Pew Research CenterDecember 15, 2010

Global Publics Embrace Social Networking

In regions around the world – and in countries with varying levels of economic development – people who use the internet are using it for social networking. Other forms of technology are also increasingly popular: cell phone ownership and computer usage have grown significantly across the globe over the last three years, and they have risen dramatically since 2002. Consistently, these technologies are especially popular among young people.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 21, 2006

Truly a World Wide Web

Computer usage and internet access have gone global. In many countries the growth has been fastest among people older than 50, according to a new Pew Global Attitudes report.