Gender Split Nearly Even by 2001

The number of women using the Internet worldwide will pass 96 million, or 45 percent of the world’s Internet users in 2001, according to Computer Economics.

In the US, Computer Economics reports, the number of women online will reach 52 percent within two years.

“Although in some areas, such as Africa and the Middle East, the percentage of women online will remain very low, in other areas with larger numbers of users, women will make significant gains on men,” said Michael Erbschloe, VP of Research at Computer Economics. In fact, in North America, where the largest number of Internet users are concentrated, the number of women online will surpass that of men.”

Areas where Internet use will be low are Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Together, these three regions will only account for 3 percent of the total Internet use worldwide. Therefore, because there are so few users in these regions, the disparity between men and women online in these regions will not greatly affect the worldwide percentage.

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