Some countries have gender gaps where there are too many men and not enough women. Other countries have gender gaps where the opposite occurs.

The internet, just like any country, has its own gender gap. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but new research has showed just how wide that gap is and why it’s occurring.

There are 2.8 billion internet users in the world. Of those, 1.3 billion are women and 1.5 billion are men. This gap is particularly noticeable in developing countries and less noticeable in developed countries (specifically, OECD nations).

Interestingly enough, this gap is growing, which is why some internet analysts are suggesting developing countries take steps to correct this issue.

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Why this gap occurs

There is a major gender gap online due to the status of computer usage in developing countries. In developing countries, using a computer is seen as a sign of status and wealth – privileges generally only given to men.

In countries where women are hardly allowed to go to school, most are certainly not afforded the privilege of using a computer.

Other interesting statistics from the survey:

-More Iceland residents use the internet than any other country in the world (96% internet usage)

-The United States ranks 24th for internet usage at a rate of 81%

-More than 90% of people in the worst 49 developed countries are completely unconnected to the internet

-Korea has the highest household broadband penetration at 97%

You can read the full results of the study here. The study illustrates both how different the internet is viewed around the world and how important the internet could be in introducing developing countries to the modern world.

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