Infographica Galactic, Part I

Infographic on Internet UsageThe initial analysis on the internet of a visual analysis of its host as well as my own, AND YOURS! (an infographic on the internet and how it is used)

First and foremost, I believe we can agree that this infographic is aesthetically pleasing.  The calm blues and grays with an unoffensive red meld together nicely while drawing in the viewer.  Transitions are cohesive and simple visually, though, some topic changes are rather abrupt.  Thankfully, the visuals and shocking data mask any ADHD tendencies.

I was assigned the task of analyzing points 7thru9, so I believe I’ll move from the bottom up.

7-9, analysed portion

The sources were difficult to read, but I appreciated the fact there are many.  The source for the 9:Mobile Internet was a few years, but appeared fairly credible.  The GoMo news site statistics directly appear in the infographic, but in pie chart form.  Some of the statistics are slightly confusing and contradictory, as pointed out in one of the comments.  Mark B asked:

2. 70% of mobile Internet use takes place in the home
3. 11% browse when at home.

Does this mean just 11% of users browse when at home but they account for 70% of all data usage? Or does it mean that only 11% of the home-based activity is browsing, the remainder is non-browsing

A response clears up any uncertainty by linking to a detailed report of the survey that breaks mobile usage down by demographics and typical users in different parts of the world.  A particularly interesting point in the survey was mobile phone usage in ‘poor countries’, developing countries have surprisingly  high levels of mobile activity.

However, the results are a few years old and I feel as though the number of mobile internet users has skyrocketed within the past few years.  I’m certain these numbers are much different now.


Initially,this statement made me roll my eyes.  However, when following the source, I found a very interesting analysis of internet pornography and gave much more credit to the statement.  The pornography industry revenue statistics are broken down and measured by country.  China’s pornography industry was the highest grossing in the analysis with more than $27 billion in revenue for 2006.

Interestingly enough, internet pornography is not the most popular form in the United States, video sales and rentals received the highest profit out of the different industries.  However, again, the statistics are now almost 6 years old, so I am certain the numbers have changed drastically.  Internet usage and popularity is much different now, and I assume there has been a shift in the form accessing pornography because of it.


7:Blogging Breakdown

According to the infographic, the majority of bloggers are American females aged 21-35.  Now I must ask, reader, are you an American female aged 21-35?  I feel as though the country statistics are much different than the huge majority of bloggers from the USA and feel the number of teenage users has risen.  Unfortunately, I was unable to track down the source of the research even after following all of the links.  I believe the source for this point was cited as a page that is updated regularly with new information and the statistics have disappeared over a couple years of updates.

Since most of the sources were a couple years outdated, I’m going to assume these numbers are also outdated.  I doubt the validity even more by considering how difficult an accurate measure of bloggers could be with such high levels of misleading information offered by internet users.



Well, that’s the infographic, enjoy!

One thought on “Infographica Galactic, Part I

  1. I think this is a good start. You’ve provided a brief summary of each of the sections you selected to focus on. But I’m struck by how vague your analysis is. Twice you mention that something you found in your research is interesting yet you provide no concrete example of what you find interesting or why.

    I don’t know how much a reader will be able to take away from this other than you found something interesting and a link to a study.

    Also, I think it would be good to include the portion of the infographic you are analyzing as a graphic.

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