Where in the World is the United States


This is from an infographic that will appear next week in Infographic-A-Day (IGaD). I found it from TICs y Formación, one of the infographics blogs that I monitor through my iPad.  It’s a Periodic Table of World Internet Facts.  It’s a frequently used theme, a periodic table, for expressing information.  I like to use the Period Table of Elements as an example of how “There’s nothing new about infographics!”

To the far right of the table are a set of lists, the top ten of countries around the world concerning their use of the Internet.  Here are four of the lists:

Top 10 (Number of Users)

  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Japan
  4. India
  5. Brazil
  6. Germany
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Russia
  9. France
  10. South Korea
Top 10 (% of Population)

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Netherlands
  5. Denmark
  6. Finland
  7. Australia
  8. New Zealand
  9. Luxemborg
  10. South Korea
Top 10 (Bandwidth Speed)

  1. Japan
  2. (South) Korea
  3. France
  4. Finland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Germany
  7. Australia
  8. Denmark
  9. Portugal
  10. Iceland
Top 10 (Fastest Growing)

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. India
  4. South Korea
  5. Australia
  6. Taiwan
  7. Malaysia
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Singapore
  10. New Zealand

As an educator, I believe that there is much to be excited about in the world of teaching and learning. At the same time — and in the autumn of my career — I am haunted by a nation (my nation) that seems less than inclined to invest in itself — except for an elite part of itself.


5 thoughts on “Where in the World is the United States”

  1. Hello! My name is Shaniqua Washington and for the next two posts, I will be making comments as an assignment for my EDM-310 class at the University of South Alabama http://edm310.blogspot.com/. I’m a sophomore who’s majoring in Secondary Education with a minor in Social Sciences. My professor is John Strange and this course teaches students like myself who are planning to be teachers to further their knowledge in using the internet and technology on their own. This takes a lot of dedication and time management. At the end of my second post, I will be summarizing my visits to your blog with a post onto my own blog by September 11, 2011 on the blogger site at http://washingtonshaniquaedm310.blogspot.com/.
    What exactly is an infographic and how can this information benefit others like myself that maybe interested? The four lists concerning countries and their use of internet is interesting. I noticed that the United States is number two in the top users but is not ranked in any other list. Why do you think that is so? As an American, what are some ways that you think we can improve the growth of this nation? I agree that it is disappointing to see only the creme de la creme investing in their country. How will this elite group of people influence those who are not the best?
    If you would like to leave a comment please visit my twitter page at http://twitter.com/#!/ShanWashington7

  2. Wow…that is shameful. We talk about improving education then we see this graphic. If we are really serious about improving our kids’ education in this global society, we need to step up investment in digital infrastructure.

  3. It is really a point of concern. The government seems to be not at all concern about this issue. Technology is playing a vital role in the present time especially in the education field. Internet gave a revolutionary touch to online remote education system but there seems to be no development at all. Immediate steps must be taken to get positive results.

  4. It’s interesting to see how the United States, the country that contributed the most to the creation of the Internet, has fallen so far behind. Is there any particular reason for America’s current status? Do foreign countries value the interconnectivity of the Internet more and thus more actively support it, or is it that computers are too expensive in the US? I know that some of America’s middle-and-lower-class are rumored to have an anti-intellectual slant, but I doubt that such a thing could be enough to produce the above results.

  5. I am very concerned reading this and noticing our place in the internet. We contributed a lot to the internet and it is shameful that we are that far behind. I don’t understand how we can change that. Education is becoming a huge part of our education system and we need to figure out how to get higher up on that list.

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