In­ter­net in 69% of house­holds, tablet use dou­bles

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

In­ter­net ac­cess and the use of com­put­ers at home are ris­ing at a healthy pace in Cyprus, ac­cord­ing to the “ICT Us­age in House­holds and by In­di­vid­u­als” survey of the sta­tis­ti­cal ser­vice Cy­s­tat.

The an­nual survey, con­ducted in the first quar­ter of 2014, cov­ered 1,884 house­holds and 4,141 in­di­vid­u­als aged 16-74 years.

The survey found that 95.5% of house­holds with de­pen­dent chil­dren have a com­puter, while in house­holds where there are no de­pen­dent chil­dren, the per­cent­age is only 63.2%.

In­ter­net ac­cess in house­holds con­tin­ues to rise and reached 68.6% com­pared to 64.7% in 2013. At the same time, there was an in­crease in the in­di­vid­u­als that used the In­ter­net, from 65.5% in 2013 to 69.3% in 2014.

A broad­band con­nec­tion seems to have re­placed dial-up or other con­nec­tiv­ity as it is used in almost all house­holds for ac­cess to the In­ter­net (99.9%).

The per­cent­age of house­holds with ac­cess to a tablet com­puter also in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly nearly dou­bling to 32.8% in 2014 com­pared to 18.7% in 2013, while 7.1% of house­holds with In­ter­net ac­cess have a mo­bile con­nec­tion (via hand­set, broad­band card, USB).

Young users aged 16-24 years (96.4%) and stu­dents (98.7%) are the most fre­quent In­ter­net users. This rate seems to de­crease with age as only 15.2% of in­di­vid­u­als 65-74 years old use the In­ter­net. Men use the In­ter­net more fre­quently than women with a per­cent­age of 67.0% and 63.8%, re­spec­tively.

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