Across the planet, using the Internet to catch up with friends and family is the main reason people go online. A new survey by Pew Research Center finds that the majority of the population in most nations now uses the Internet every day, and they're doing so primarily to communicate with the people they care about.
Pew surveyed tens of thousands of people in 32 developing and emerging countries last year, and found 86 percent of respondents said they go online to contact friends and family. "Among Internet users in the emerging and developing countries surveyed, a median of 82 percent use their internet connections to access social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and other country-specific platforms," Pew wrote.
The other reasons people report going online are what you'd probably expect: Just over half of those surveyed said they go online to seek information about politics and other news, health, and "to a lesser extent" to access government services online, Pew reported.
Online shopping is less common in developing nations, with the exception of China, which is one of the world's largest online global markets. More than half of those surveyed in China said they bought something online in the last year.