Those of you who enjoy data visualization may remember the image that circulated about ten years ago representing the view of bright lights on the earth at night. The popular NASA images showed the location of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface, helping us better understand emerging patterns of urbanization.
Now that Lumosity has 14 million members around the world, we wanted to map a different trend that has been emerging in an equally fascinating way. The above image represents, in number of members, the top 900 Lumosity cities in the US, the top 40 Lumosity cities in Latin America, and the top 200 Lumosity cities in the rest of the world. From Bogota to Chicago to London to Doha to Mumbai to Hong Kong to Sydney, this map shows that people in cities worldwide are taking an interest in improving their cognition.
In just a few short years, something amazing has happened. Here’s a map that shows Lumosity members by country (in thousands) in 2008:
In 2008 you can see interest in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. But by 2009:
In 2009 there are also significant populations of Lumosity members in Brazil, South Africa, India, and Europe. And then in 2010:
By 2010, most of Latin America has significant Lumosity membership. And finally, that brings us to 2011:
It might not be a view of the earth’s sky at night, but these maps show the world getting brighter all the same.