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The Gap Widens in Online Population

Published on July 21, 2009
by Andrew LaVallee

Asia’s share of the world’s online population will swell to 43 percent in four years, while North America will represent just 13 percent of Internet users, according to a new report by Forrester Research (FORR).

The total world-wide population of active Internet users (defined as those who have been online at least once in the past month) will be about 2.17 billion in 2014, up from 1.46 billion last year, Forrester says.

Faster adoption in Asia will lead to a widening gap in the global distribution of users. The continent will represent 43 percent of the world’s online population by 2013, up from 38 percent in 2008.

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