The Statista research on intermedia explains how  North Koreans have been kept quite literally in the dark. Half of the Korean peninsula illuminated in light while the north is pitch black. Even though they have regular access to electricity in recent years, many of them wouldn't have much use for it anyway. 

All of the common media devices westerners using are still too expensive in the world's most reclusive state and many of them have only become available recently. For example, Television has been a common part in the U.S. since the 1940s. But it was caught up only in the late 1990s to the North Koreans.

The common technology still new for North Koreans compared to the U.S are:
Television
1948 - U.S
2000 - NorthKorea
Radio
1922 - U.S
1997 - NorthKorea
DVD's
1997 - U.S
2004 - NorthKorea
Cellphone
1983 - U.S
2004 - NorthKorea
Laptop
1985 - U.S
2008 - NorthKorea
USB Stick
2000 - U.S.
2011 - NorthKorea

Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/14210/common-tech-still-new-for-north-koreans/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

North Koreans still consider new that are commonly available for Americans

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The Statista research on intermedia explains how North Koreans have been kept quite literally in the dark. Half of the Korean peninsula illuminated in light while the north is pitch black. Even though they have regular access to electricity in recent years, many of them wouldn't have much use for it anyway.

All of the common media devices westerners using are still too expensive in the world's most reclusive state and many of them have only become available recently. For example, Television has been a common part in the U.S. since the 1940s. But it was caught up only in the late 1990s to the North Koreans.

The common technology still new for North Koreans compared to the U.S are:
Television
1948 - U.S
2000 - NorthKorea
Radio
1922 - U.S
1997 - NorthKorea
DVD's
1997 - U.S
2004 - NorthKorea
Cellphone
1983 - U.S
2004 - NorthKorea
Laptop
1985 - U.S
2008 - NorthKorea
USB Stick
2000 - U.S.
2011 - NorthKorea

Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/14210/common-tech-still-new-for-north-koreans/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

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