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Fractality in the Utilization of
Internet in the World
Helen B. Boholano
Cebu Normal University, Cebu City, Philippines
Received 29 November 2013; revised 30 December 2013; accepted 10 January 2014
Copyright © 2014 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).
This paper sought to describe the roughness of the penetration of the use of internet to the popu-
lation of the world from Worldbank and Internet World Stats. The Internet as one of the growing
technology is one of the best channels for people seeking knowledge, fun, and friends. Information
and Communication Technology (ICT) has played an educational role in formal and non-formal
settings, in programs provided by governmental agencies, public and private educational institu-
tions, for-profit corporations and non-profit groups, and secular and religious communities as re-
ported by UNESCO. Fractal features and analysis were used in this study in additional texture pa-
rameters. Results revealed that China is the No. 1 internet user in the world. Internet is utilized in
China in business, education, government sectors, work places and other agencies or institutions.
The internet is described as the single most important invention of the 21st century and as an
equalizer that facilitates access to information and resources. Furthermore, a single or mono
fractal, “ideal” fractal dimensionality was detected in the utilization of internet in the world.
Fractality; Internet Utilization; Roughness
The Internet quickly entered the life of the humankind since 20th century. It took more than ten (10) years and
several processes before people face the fact of its spreading all over the world, including the developing coun-
tries. It has become not only the hugest information resource in the world, but—what is even more impo r-
tant—the most rapid means of communication .
People around the world have got an opportunity to communicate with each other in quite a short time
through the internet. In comparison with a snail-mail or even airmail, e-mail gets over distance and time, fron-
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tiers of the states with a lightning speed. The comparatively rapid embracement of information and communica-
tion technologies (ICTs) by educational institutions has transformed approaches to teaching and learning, has
modified the way information is presented to learners and has changed the ways teachers and institutions com-
municate with students, students communicate with teachers, the institution and each other .
Internet users increased each year in school, work places and even out of school individual. The number of
internet users grew by 114 percent when compared with the figure in 2000 . Chan and Fang (2007) as cited
from Burns (2006) forecasted that the adoption of various information technologies, including Wi-Fi connectiv-
ity, RSS feeds, blog authoring and podcasts, will drive internet usage worldwide. New communication technol-
ogies including the internet have greater impacts on the lives of young people than all other technological inno-
This paper sought to investigate the ruggedness of the data through fractal analysis of the top 20 countries in
the World per the 2012 data according to the Worldbank and Internet World Stats. The ranking is based on the
population and its penetration to people and internet users’ percentage per country. Fractal dimension was com-
puted to quantify complexity of shape in relation to the structure and texture. It also indicates the degree of
self-similarity and scale invariance.
2. Short Literature Review
In the study of Chan and Fang (2007), the uses and gratifications theory proposed by Blumler and Katz (1974)
predicts that young people will select and use the media to best fulfil their individual needs. Now with the in-
creasing penetration of internet in Hong Kong, it is time to update the knowledge about how this new media
may affect young people’s allocation of time spent with various media, as well as how the internet can be used
to fulfill various communication needs .
Internet is perceived to be very important to people and its convenience to communicate others around the
world. There has been a huge explosion in the adoption and use of the internet worldwide. It has been major in-
fluences on the way we work, shop, make payments, travel, socialize and IT has digitalized our world. With the
rapid diffusion of Internet technologies, China has emerged as the country with the largest Internet population,
making it a leading player in the Internet market . In addition, Lai and Ming-To (2007), mention the use of
Internet technologies as the dominant channel for communication, collaboration, and commerce in China is im-
minent. Chan and Fang (2007) as cited from Arnett (1995), cites young people make active choices of the media
they use according to their personalities, socialization needs, and personal identification needs. In terms of the
Internet penetration rate, the percentage of citizen uses the Internet in each province—these four coastal regions
ranked third, fourth, eighth, and 11th in China, respectively, in 2010, with penetration rates ranging from 35 to
55 percent .
As Internet access increases and consumer demand for online health services and information grows there is
an urgent need for information about whether this causes more harm than good . In 1998, Hoffman and No-
vak revealed that almost 70 percent of the schools in this country have at least one computer connected to the
Internet, less than 15 percent of classrooms have Internet access. In spite of the infrastructure problems in the
Philippines, educators, students, government workers and common people make use of internet in daily activi-
The new digital ICTs are not single technologies but combinations of hardware, software, media, and delivery
systems . ICT is also utilized by different school whether public or private from basic education to higher
education. In the report of UNESCO by Blurton (1999), stressed that in the United States, the ratio of students
per computer dropped from 63:1 to 6:1 from 1985 to 1997 (Market Data Retrieval, 1998) while the number of
schools with internet access has grown from 35% in 1994 (U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, 1996)
to 72% in 1997 (QED’s Educational Technology Trends, 1997).
Several studies mentioned that fractals have found widespread application in a range of scientific fields, includ-
ing education . A great number of physical systems tend to present similar behaviours on different scales of
observation . In the 1960s, the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot used the adjective “fractal” to indicate ob-
jects whose complex geometry cannot be characterized by an integral dimension.
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The attribute variation in a fractal object can be described through fractal dimension, which is a measure of
the roughness, or fragmentation, of the object. More jagged-looking objects have larger fractal dimensions. It is
said that the higher the fractal dimension is, the more squiggly the object that is inside the square. A multifra ctal
structure can be considered as a superposition of homogeneous monofractal structures .
In this study, the researcher utilized data from Worldbank and Internet World Stats. To determine the fractal
dimension of the tab ulated data set, the researchers first look at the entire ruggedness index (λ) then assess the
ruggedness of the data at each scale (s) by looking at λs. Furthermore, these formulas were used:
Lamba1 logedatamin of data
Lamba 1loge data
Scales1 logedatamin= =
4. Results and Discussion
This (Table 1) shows the utilization of internet all over the world. This finding suggests that substantially more
Chinese citizens will be going online in the next few years. According to the 27th Statistical Report on Internet
Development in China, search engines were the top application of Internet users in 2010, surpassing Web music,
the top application for the previous three years . Blurton, (1999) as cited from Jensen (1998), reported that a
number of international infrastructure building initiatives are underway on the continent including the United
Nations Secretary General’s program me Harnessing Information Technology for Development that will sub-
stantially improve the Internet infrastructure by the year 2000. Furthermore, government services were improved
through the use technology.
Table 1. Ranking of the internet users in the World.
Rank Country Population Internet users Penetration (%Population) Users (%World)
1 China 1,343,239,923 538,000,000 40.10% 22.40%
2 United States 313,847,465 245,203,319 78.10% 10.20%
3 India 1,205,073,612 137,000,000 11.40% 5.70%
4 Japan 127,368,088 101,228,736 79.50% 4.20%
5 Brazil 193,946,886 88,494,756 45.60% 3.70%
6 Russia 142,517,670 67,982,547 47.70% 2.80%
7 Germany 81,305,856 67,483,860 83.00% 2.80%
8 Indonesia 248,645,008 55,000,000 22.10% 2.30%
9 United Kingdom 63,047,162 52,731,209 83.60% 2.20%
10 France 65,630,692 52,228,905 79.60% 2.20%
11 Nigeria 170,123,740 48,366,179 28.40% 2.00%
12 Mexico 114,975,406 42,000,000 36.50% 1.70%
13 Iran 78,868,711 42,000,000 53.30% 1.70%
14 Korea 48,860,500 40,329,660 82.50% 1.70%
15 Turkey 79,749,461 36,455,000 45.70% 1.50%
16 Italy 61,261,254 35,800,000 58.40% 1.50%
17 Philippines 103,775,002 33,600,000 32.40% 1.40%
18 Spain 47,042,984 31,606,233 67.20% 1.30%
19 Vietnam 91,519,289 31,034,900 33.90% 1.30%
20 Egypt 83,688,164 29,809,724 35.60% 1.20%
Source: Internet World Stats. http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm.
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Figure 1 shows the monofractality of the use of internet in the world. It is noted that there are more internet
users in China, United States and India. With Internet use increasing in other developed countries, it is used in
China in education, e-commerce, banking and gaming. Several studies conducted and examined cross-country
differences in Internet penetration in 1999-2001, and find that they are associated with income per capita, the
dependency ratio, electricity consumption and regulatory quality . In US there are more users of Web while
there is a gap between Americans and Egyptians becomes proportionally larger.
Figure 2 shows a linear fractal has a strong self-similarity and appears identical at varying scales. Fractals
have a wide range of applications including signal and image compression as well as in seismology. They are
also applied in digital sundial and in computer and video game design. It is noticeable that users used the Web at
locations other than home, school or work, regardless of whether there is a computer at home.
Figure 3 showed the probability distribution in terms of the penetration of internet use in the world. There are
more users whose penetration is 0 - 10 than 10 - 20. The number of Internet users is based on reported estimates
of users, derivations from reported Internet Access Provider (ISP) subscriber counts, or calculated by mul t iply-
ing the number of Internet hosts by an estimated multiplier. Thus, Internet use may be understated, particularly
in developing countries where many commercial subscribers rent computers connected to the Internet .
Access to a personal computer, whether at home, work, school or somewhere else, is important because it is
currently the dominant mechanism by which individuals gain access to the Internet .
Figure 1. The use of internet in the World.
Figure 2. The use of internet in the world by population.
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Figure 3. The penetration of internet by population.
Computer and Internet penetration rates analyzed were derived from the number of people and Internet users
around the world. Computer and Internet penetration rates for the top 20 countries were analyzed using fractal
analysis. Fractal dimension is a powerful tool in determining the ruggedness of the data. It also determines
whether mono or multi fractals. Technology use has increased rapidly among several developing countries.
China, United States, India, Japan and Mexico were the top 5 internet users in the world. The study revealed that
China is the top internet user in the world. There are more internet users whose penetration is 0 - 10 than 10 - 20.
This implies that internet is a productivity tool for progress. As identified by the top 20 internet users in the
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