This year, the mobile phone social networking population of China will surpass the total population of the US, climbing 11.6% to reach 335.9 million, according to eMarketer’s latest estimates of mobile internet usage and activities around the world,reports eMarketer.com.
Double-digit growth in the number of people in the country who use a mobile phone to conduct social networking activities at least monthly will continue through 2017, we estimate, with the total number of users expected to reach 480.4 million by 2019, the end of our forecast period.
This year, 83.0% of all social network users in China, and 32.5% of mobile phone users, will use their devices for social networking at least monthly. That translates to just under a quarter of the total population in China—but still adds up to a market bigger than the entire US and accounts for 21.4% of all mobile phone social network users in the world.
Penetration is a bit higher as a percentage of China’s mobile phone internet user population, at 57.0% this year. But that still puts China at the bottom of eMarketer’s list of countries broken out by this metric. In Indonesia, which leads that list, 94.4% of mobile phone internet users will be mobile phone social network users this year.
With Facebook and Twitter banned in China, the country’s mobile social network audience is missing out on two of the world’s most popular platforms. Homegrown alternatives are extremely popular, however.
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