posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 10:28 AM
By Jeremy Reimer | Published: July 15, 2007 - 05:05PM CT
The research firm Pew Internet has released a new study (PDF) that looks at the growth in the number of Internet users in China, and what it might
mean for the future of the 'Net.
There are now an estimated 137 million Internet users in China, and that number has been growing by 18 percent since 2004 until it picked up even more
steam in 2006, going up to 23 percent. The United States has 165 million Internet users, according to Pew, with 25 million of those users being aged
12-17. At the current rate of growth in China, the number of Chinese web surfers will surpass the number of American users some time in 2009, and it
will continue to rise sharply afterward. With more than half of Americans already online, China's growth over the next 10 years will easily dwarf
that of the United States.
[edit on 15-4-2008 by beijinghaidian]