China’s Internet Users Plummet’s most in the Last Eight Years

Published Date : Jul 22, 2014

The first half of 2014 has seen a drop in the number of Internet users from China. According to the reports it has only added 14.4 million new users, which is the lowest number in the past eight years. 

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has reported only 632 million Internet users in China by the end of June 2014.

Although the country boasts a huge population and for long has been the biggest contributor to the number of Internet users, it is still struggling to reach the rural areas which promise about 450 million users. 

Research conducted by CNNIC states that those who aren’t using the Internet come from poor educational backgrounds, and thus have little or no need to use the Web. It further suggests that the country needs to focus on rural education and development to bring this population to the wonders of technological advancements. 

The retarded growth in the Internet usage goes to show that only the urban areas are making its use. 

June 2014 saw 527 million users in China who used Internet via mobile phones, a devices has undoubtedly beaten PCs, and notebooks. Mobile phones are soon becoming the most popularly chosen medium of using the Internet.

Some of the top Internet services used by the Chinese are online messaging, new applications, and search engines. However, the social media users have declined by 7.4% to about 257 million in the first half of 2014. These sites are now struggling to make their services innovative to lure in more users.