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Who is using Skype?

Posted: 2005-10-28
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Who is using Skype? Where? Males? Females? Kids or Adults?

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 (http://www.ruell-consulting.de).

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 below …

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 that?

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 save money!

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:
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