In 2000, 6.5 percent of the world’s population had access to the internet; now, 43 percent does. In less than two decades, smartphones combined the functions of a mobile phone with those of a computer, two billion users joined Facebook, and “Google” became a verb. Today, many people could not imagine their lives without the internet. But in some parts of the world, widespread internet access still has not been realized. Explore the map below to see what parts of the world are online and what parts are still waiting for a signal.

Internet Usage, 2000–2016

Use the slider to see the change in global internet use over time

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