Socially, Politically and Financially at Risk without the Internet

This year, 2012, Internet Usage Statistics reveal there are over 2.4 billion (that’s 2,400,400,400) people who have access to the internet. At first glance you might think WOW, quite astounding really when you consider that the world’s population is just over 7 billion.

English: World Population by Continent and 10 ...

English: World Population by Continent and 10 Most Populated Countries. :*Charts on the left: ::*Top: % Share of (World) Population from 1950 to 2010 ::*Bottom: % Share of Population (of the present top ten most populated countries) from 1950 to 2010 :*Columns on the right: ::#–.-%: Population Growth in the 2000-2010 Decade (descending order) ::##–: Rank by population size ::#——-: Continent/Country name (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But stop and think for a moment. 2.4 billion, that’s less than a quarter of the world’s population that can, at a whim and at the flick of a wrist, gain access to powerful sources of information and activities via a global set of documents, images, graphics and sound. Of those 7 billion people in the world, only 2.4 billion have the advantages and opportunities afforded by the dynamics of the internet.

So what about the other 5.4 billion people?

Almost three-quarters of the world’s people ‘run the risk of being excluded socially, politically and financially’ said Robin Blake,

Robin Blake

Robin Blake (Photo credit: andycarvin)

head of media literacy at Ofcom in 2008.

Are there really 5.4 billion social, political and financial outcasts out there as a result of not having either the access or the skills to use this technology? And if so, would any of them think themselves socially, politically and financially disadvantaged?