Where In The World Do The Most Young People Use Technology?

Yesterday, we talked a bit about digital natives and digital immigrants. I mentioned at the beginning of that post that I got into thinking about this after reading an article that discussed which countries have the most digital natives. The article was pretty interesting, and drew on information from the recent UN International Telecommunications Union (UTI) study that looked at the proportion of young people in each country that grew up with the internet.

At first, I figured that the results of this study would be pretty obvious. First world countries with large populations and higher birth rates would be at the top of the list. After all, lots of kids + money for technology = more kids using technology, right? I was really interested when the results were not quite what I thought.

If you’re interested, you can find a pdf of the entire UTI report here, but they have also created an infographic with some of the more interesting data points. Keep reading to learn more.

Measuring The World’s Digital Natives

  • Digital Natives are considered to be those who are aged 15-24 and have at least five years of online experience
  • 30% of the world’s youth has been online for at least five years
  • Out of a world population of 7 billion, only 363 million are digital natives – or about 5.2%
  • Iceland has the largest number of digital natives as a % of population (13.9%)
  • China has the largest (raw) number of digital natives
  • Korea (Rep.) has the largest number of digital natives as a % of the youth population (99.6%)
  • The ratio of youth internet usage to overall internet usage is highest in developing countries
  • Over the next five years, the number of digital natives is expected to double
  • The large number of young people in developing countries will be a large driver of digital nativisim in the future



1 Comment

  1. Melanie Link Taylor

    October 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    This is fascinating–I check the traffic on my blog and now I wonder how many hits are from Native Users. I hope it is many, many! It is phenomenal to invest in the future!