GENEVA. A total of 830 million young people have access to the Internet, which represents more than 80% of youth in 104 countries, revealed today the UN specialized agency in telecommunications, which estimated that 7 out of 10 young people can connect to the Internet. the network throughout the world.
The proportion of people between 15 and 24 years old (the age segment considered “young”) with the possibility of connecting to the network is significantly higher than 47% of the global population with Internet access.
Taking these figures into account, almost one out of every four Internet users in the world are between 15 and 24 years of age, as determined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
In developed countries, an overwhelming 94% of young people are connected to the network, a trend that falls parallel to the levels of economic development of countries.
Statistics from developing countries show that 67% of young people are connected to the network, while in the least developed countries, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, this percentage does not exceed 30% .
Inequality, therefore, remains in terms of access to the Internet and almost nine out of ten people between 15 and 24 years living in Africa, Asia or the Pacific can not enjoy the advantages of connectivity.
Nonetheless, the disclosed data points to the role of China and India in the expansion of the global numbers of the Internet connection, given that in the two Asian giants there are 320 million (39%) of young people with access to this service in the world. world.
The same inequality between rich and poor countries is reproduced in the figures relative to the general population, as well, while almost 80 out of every ten Europeans of all ages can use the Internet if they wish, this is the case of only 43 , 9% of Asians and inhabitants of the Pacific islands and 21.8% of Africans.
On the other hand, the ITU highlighted in its report that the gender gap continues to prevail and men are more frequent Internet users, in almost two thirds.
However, the American continent is the only one in which more women access the network than men, this being the case in the United States, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Argentina.
The specialized agency in telecommunications explained that there is “a strong link between equal access to higher education and gender parity in the use of the internet”.
He said that, in general, countries with a higher percentage of female users than men, “have better parity ratios in access to university education.”