United States Continues to Fall in Technology Ranking
By Charlotte Young
For the second consecutive year, a study shows that the United States is lagging behind other countries in its use of technology.
The annual study, conducted through the World Economic Forum, compares 138 countries that make up 98.8 percent of the world’s total gross domestic product. The study has been in existence since the collapse of the Internet bubble in 2001.
For this year’s report, Sweden took the number one spot followed by Singapore, Finland, and Switzerland. The US came in at number five.
Co-author of the study, Soumitra Dutta, explained to the New York Times that the analysis attempts to address the capability and “level of success of a nation to benefit from the network economy.”
Rapid progression was made with the “Asian Tiger” nations since their governments heavily invest in technology. In addition to Singapore, Taiwan came in 6th, South Korea 10th, Hong Kong 12th and Japan was 19th.
Indonesia made the most progress and moved up 14 places to 53rd.
The study also showed that the U.S. had inconsistent rankings on several of the measures that played into its competitiveness. The U.S. was 24th in households with a personal computer, 76th in mobile phone subscribers, and 52nd in math and science education.