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Today, some 40 percent of the population has an internet connection. This percentage can be quite mind-boggling if you compare it with 1995, when just under 1 percent of the world’s population had access to the Internet. During this period of more than 20 years, the penetration of the Internet has grown by leaps and bounds. However, when broken down by gender, there is still a glaring disparity in the percentage of male and female users.
According to a data by the International Telecommunication Union, in majority of the countries, male internet users outnumber females. But, the largest percentage difference has been reported in Turkey. Here, 63.5 percent of the Internet users are males and just 44 percent are females. This adds up to a difference of 19.5 percent. In Saudi Arabia, Oman and Morocco the difference is significant too. In Saudi Arabia, there were 76.8 percent male internet users as compared to 60.2 percent females, while in Oman, male internet users stood at 71.2 percent as compared to 59.8 percent females.
There were 62.8 percent male internet users in the African nation of Morocco, as compared to 51.4 percent females.
Though some nations such as Paraguay, Norway, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil, Burundi, and Thailand and a few others, also have more male internet users as compared to females; the difference is not too glaring. For instance, in Iceland, male internet users were 98.3 percent as compared to 98 percent females, a difference of just 0.3 percent. Similarly in Norway, there were 96.9 percent male internet users as compared to 96.7 percent females.
As per the data, in a couple of countries females outnumber male internet users, but the difference in percentage is not that large. In Denmark, Lithuania, the United States, and the Netherlands, females outnumber males by just a fraction. In Denmark, there were 96.2 percent male users as compared to 96.4 percent females, while in Lithuania it was 71.1 percent males as compared to 71.6 percent female users.
Similarly, there were 74.2 percent male users in the United States as compared to 74.9 percent females. However, in countries such as Jamaica and Cuba, women formed a much larger percentage. In Jamaica, there were 36.6 percent male internet users as compared to 44.1 percent females, and in Cuba males comprised 25.1 percent in comparison to 29.8 percent females.
Zimbabwe, which is located in the southern African region, was the only nation which witnessed a healthy ratio in the percentage of male and female internet users.