China has an economy that is booming and as more and more Chinese citizens increase their spending power, adoption of smartphones, internet access, and other items is growing significantly. Over the last several years internet adoption in China has been growing like crazy.
However, a new report has found that internet adoption in China has declined to levels not seen in the last eight years. China added 14.4 million new internet users in the first half of 2014 making the slowest growth rate recorded in the last eight years.
China is the world's largest internet using population. It appears that usage in major cities and urban areas is becoming saturated and rollout of internet in rural areas is struggling. In those rural areas, about 450 million people never get online. Internet penetration in China is currently at 46.9% compared to the 87% penetration rate in America.