More than half of the world’s population lives in areas where internet access is severely restricted, according to a new study.
The study released Tuesday found that at least 10.6 billion people worldwide live in areas that are severely restricted to the use of the internet, meaning they have no access to the internet at all.
The study found that people in the poorest countries have the highest internet access, with almost a third living in countries that have low internet penetration.
This is the first comprehensive analysis of internet use and internet access to date to determine whether the internet is more important for people’s lives than other aspects of their lives, said the study’s lead author, Dr. James B. Brown.
This means that the internet should be seen as an indispensable tool in people’s daily lives, he said in a statement.
The data released Tuesday comes from the Global Internet Index, a global project that tracks the health and wellbeing of the global internet.
It measures how well people across the globe are using the internet in the hopes that it will help them make better health decisions and help them meet their financial and social needs, the World Health Organization said.
It’s the first time the index has included a global breakdown of internet penetration, the WHO said.
“We think this is a very exciting finding,” said Dr. Michael B. Oreskes, the study co-author and senior director of health economics at the University of Washington.
The global internet has become a key driver of economic growth in recent years, he added.
But, because of the importance of internet access in terms of health, the survey was conducted in the most affected countries.
It also focused on the most-populous regions, including Asia and Africa.
According to the World Bank, the internet penetration rate for India is the lowest in the world, at less than 8 percent, while it is the highest in South America at over 27 percent.
The survey found that a staggering number of people have very limited internet access.
Of the 1.2 billion people living in the Americas and Europe, less than 10 percent had internet access at home.
And the percentage of people living on less than $1 a day was nearly four times that in the United States.
A growing number of countries, including Brazil, South Africa, India and China, are also having a hard time providing basic internet services, the report found.
“The data shows that people are using less and less of their basic infrastructure, which means they are not spending as much on basic services, and they are less well off,” Oreske said.
But there is hope that this can change, as a growing number are realizing that the economic benefits of the web outweigh its drawbacks.
“The digital revolution is bringing many people out of poverty, and that is a huge win for the world,” he said.