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We Brits often take the internet for granted, using it as a platform to socialize, spread news and develop our businesses. Yet, do we ever stop and think of the internet as a tool only available to a minority?

These days, we’re shocked when we meet a new acquaintance who doesn't have a Facebook account. Yet, a new report reveals the shocking statistics that well over half the world doesn't even have access to the internet and only a shocking 37.9% of the entire world has been on the internet in the last year.

Unsurprisingly, 76% of the developed countries use the internet when only 29% of those in developing countries have access to it. This means these less developed countries are making up a mammoth 94% of the global offline population. Meanwhile, there are a lowly 6% of us in developed countries that have access to, but don’t use the internet.

What the studies have also shown is that the rate of those gaining access to the internet per year is declining, so global connectivity is not something we’ll see any time soon. In 2008 the growth rate was at an all-time high of 12.4%, but by 2014 growth rate was down to 6.6%.

When you consider the reasons why, it’s obvious. The research in the report relates it to three things: infrastructure, affordability and relevance. It also stated:

“Without the cooperation of industry, governments and NGOs working together to improve the global state of connectivity by addressing the underlying reasons people are not connected to the internet, connectivity may remain permanently out of reach for billions of people.”

The report titled State of Connectivity: 2014 seemed to understand, that whilst they want everyone to have access to the internet, it just isn't viable or appropriate to people in countries that are suffering from natural disasters, disease or famine.

Suddenly, the World Wide Web doesn't seem so worldwide. But then again, is worldwide connectivity really that important when we have bigger issues at hand?

To see the original report click here.

Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF
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Only 40% of the World is Online Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Rating: 5
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