Without mobile phones, hundreds of millions of people wouldn't have internet access

The “Digital Divide” is the divide between those who have access to computers and the internet and those who don’t. Being on the connected side of the divide and its endless pages of information can be a life changing advantage.

In the United States, the internet is everywhere. Most have it in their homes, and for people who don’t, it’s readily available in schools, coffee shops and libraries. In developing countries this is not so, and if it were not for mobile phones, millions of people would be left on the losing side of the divide. As we can see in this chart from Statista, the vast of majority of people in India and Indonesia use the internet exclusively on mobile devices. It’s important to note the comScore study this chart is based off of was limited to 13 markets, but the data from India and Indonesia could be illustrative of other markets in Asia and Africa where internet access is not a given thing.

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