Ever wonder about Internet users by region or language? According to an infographic in the online magazine Génération Nouvelles Technologies, Asians represent 45% of the world’s Internet users (see Figure 1). Far behind are Europeans (23%), North Americans (13%), and Africans (6%). See figures below for Internet users by region and language.
English is still the most widely spoken language on the Internet, with 27% of users (see Figure 2). However, Chinese is positioned to overtake English by 2014. After English and Chinese, the next most common first languages are Japanese (8%) and Spanish (5%). Behind these are German (4%), Portuguese (4%), French (3%), and Korean (2%).
In August 2012, research firm Common Sense Advisory published updated data on Internet users by region (or, more specifically, Internet users by language). Below are some of the key findings from CSA’s report:
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