Who is using Skype? Where? Males? Females? Kids or Adults?
The Mathaba redaction staff did provide me some interesting
statistics that they received from Sebastian Ruell, CEO and Founder of SR CONSULTING
I was immediately interested, as I published also some Skype
statistics in the past.
The data covers the time frame from October 1 till October
28, 2005. They analyzed 3,907,695 distinct profiles. And I guess they discarded
a lot of users that did not provide enough data in their profiles.
First the genders …
According to their numbers, about 75% of Skype Users are males!
Not very surprising (excuse me girls) but usually men are more computer minded
then women. But the analysis of the data gives other explanations, see the graph
In some countries, females don’t use Skype at all, beginning
with Bangladesh and Qatar (98.5% and 98.2% male users respectively!). Following
are Sri Lanka (96.5%), Saudi Arabia (93.9%) and Palestine (92.9%). Mainly Muslim
countries in the top twenty!
To balance this statement, when I classify the graph the other
way, “Females first” Iran gets surprisingly on the first position with 50% female
users, see next graph!
Let’s look now at the countries in absolute numbers. Surprise
(for me at least): Brazil reaches the first place, with a bit less then 319.000
users. For the country of Samba, Bossa Nova, Pele and Ronaldo this is not really
that much compared to the 186 million inhabitants: this is only 0.17% of the
population using Skype (see more comments later). China is on their heels with
more then 318.000 users, but with only 0.02% of the population using Skype.
I complemented their numbers with a column containing the
total population of each country. I got the information from the CIA website.
Strange … the CIA forgot to put Palestine in their list of countries! Why is
I calculated now, with the numbers of SR
CONSULTING, the percentage of the population that is using Skype. Of course,
this is a “minimum” number. As said above, quite a lot of users don’t provide
enough information in their profile, and they were not used by SR
CONSULTING. See the result below …
The first two countries are quite small populated Islands
with about 2.5% of the population using Skype (and providing enough information
in their profile)! And all other countries are quite small, the biggest being
Taiwan with about 23 million people. In small countries people are (I guess)
more prone to phone outside their countries. Therefore, Skype helps them to
Ages now … are kids using Skype, or business men?
The peak is around the age of 25. No kids anymore, not business
men yet (I know, there are exceptions!). But anyway, quite a lot of elder people
use it, and, to my surprise also a lot of youngsters from the age of 14 on!
Ecuador has an average user age of
40 years (the maximum) and Lithuania and Bulgaria 19 years (the minimum!)
Interesting, thanks a lot Sebastian!
This article was written in the night between October 28 and
29, 2005 by Jean Mercier, from Belgium, who is a “fanatic” Skype user and a
consultant too (www.aimq.be). Jean also
derived the graphs from the data.
Data and research: http://www.ruell-consulting.de
For full size graphs click below link: