City kids top Net-savvy league

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Parents and teachers take note. High school kids in Kolkata have become digital natives, making extensive use of the internet and cell phones to access information.

According to a survey by Tata Consultancy Services, across 12 cities and covering 14,000 students aged 12-18 reveals that 77% school children in Kolkata use the internet to access information, more than kids in any other city including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Given the low home PC penetration in Kolkata, this does come as a surprise. Obviously, cybercafés contribute majorly in enabling student’ access to Web. But what comes as an even bigger surprise is that at 24%, the city also tops in internet access from cell phones. The survey shows 90% of students have access through mobiles and 76% through computers.

>> 63% of students spend over an hour a day online.
>>93% are aware of social networking.
>>Unlike Mumbai where Facebook is the most popular social networking site, Orkut is more popular in Kolkata.
>>77% of students use Google and Wikipedia to check u on facts and figures.
>>46% use online sources to access news. TV/newspapers users are 25%.
>>62% have a PC.
>>1/4th owns a laptop.
>>It and engineering remains the most popular career choices- with Indian companies scoring over foreign ones.
>>6% students get over Rs 2,000 per month as pocket money.
>>Opportunity to travel and acquisition of new skills score over salary when it comes to deciding on career.


Net score: IP addresses outnumber people

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Internet is growing in dimension every second, so much that there are more addresses than there are more people on earth, claims the team behind Microsoft’s new search engine BING.

Bing has the number of web pages at “over one trillion”, while Google had earlier indexed more than one trillion web addresses. The current global population stands at more than 6.7 billion, which means that there is about 150 web address per person in the world.

And this could mean that if a person spent just one minute reading every website in existence, then he or she would be kept busy for 31,000 years, without any sleep. “An average person would need six hundred thousand decades of non-stop reading to read through the information,” quoted Bing as saying.

Mark Higginson, director of analytics for Nielsen Online, said that global online population had jumped 16% since last year. “Approximately 1.46 billion people worldwide now use the internet which represents 16% increase from the previous year’s estimate (1.26 billion in 2007),” he said.

The largest internet population belongs to China, with 338 million users online, which are more than there were people in the US. However (IWS), a website that combines multiple data sources, has claimed that China’s online population is more like 298 million.

But, measuring the online population could be tricky- there are servers, users, per capita numbers, and penetration percentages to evaluate. Thus it is difficult to find a single figure to represent the world online population.