Survey: 694m people now online worldwide

Some 694 million people worldwide over the age of 15 are now using the Internet, about 14% of the total population in this age group, a survey, quoted by an AFP report, said.
The AFP report, quoting research firm comScore Networks, said the survey was "the first true estimate of global online audience size and behavior" using consistent methodology.
The estimate was based on a survey of major markets including China and India, the report said.
"Today, the online audience in the US represents less than a quarter of Internet users across the globe, versus 10 years ago when it accounted for two-thirds of the global audience," said Peter Daboll, president and CEO of comScore Media Metrix.
According to the report, the US still had the single largest Internet audience of 152 million users, followed by China with 72 million, Japan with 52 million, Germany with 32 million, and Britain with 30 million.
In fifth place was South Korea with 24.6 million, followed by France with 23.9 million, Canada with 19 million, Italy with 16.8 million, and India with 16.7 million.

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