- Published on Friday, 11 October 2013 11:12
At least that's what the world looks like according to a new map published by the Oxford Internet Institute, which has enlarged and minimized countries according to their internet population. EVERY day when you log online, you enter the world wide web: A place where most of Africa has disappeared and China has eclipsed Russia as the country with the world's largest land mass.
Additionally, each country is shaded according to how much their internet population represents of the population as a whole.
So, while Canada has become much smaller than its land mass, it is a deep shade of red which means that over 80 per cent of Canadian have a web presence.
China on the other hand, is much larger than it is in real life, but remains lightly shaded since much of the population is still not online.
By plotting countries this way, the researchers discovered that 42 per cent of the world's internet users come from Asia, with more users in Asia, China, India and Japan than all of Europe combined.
But because these Asian countries have massive populations to begin with, they are also the countries with the most room to grow.
India is the best example of this since less than 20 per cent of it's population is online, and it's still enlarged on the map.
The institute's map from 2008 shows how quickly internet populations can grow.
While most of the African countries are small on the current map, users have grown exponentially since the last map which had only seven African nations.
But that population growth is concentrated in mainly North African countries, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa has seen little growth, and many countries there maintain an internet population less than 10 per cent of the total population.
The map's creators Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata were also behind a map which plotted the ‘internet empires'.
Each country was shaded according to the most visited webpage and found that Google was the all-around favorite internationally.
Google was the most visited site in 62 countries, with Facebook ranking second with 50 countries.
- Ashley Collman / Daily Mail UK