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Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service

Latest figures: ICT Usage in Households and by Individuals, 2010

The Statistical Service announces the results of the annual survey ‘Information and Communication Technologies Usage in Households and by Individuals 2010’ that has been carried out in Cyprus for the seventh consecutive year. The survey covered 1.522 households and 3.443 individuals 16 – 74 years old. It covered all the government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus, urban and rural. The data were collected with personal interviews.

The main results of the survey are the following:

- The percentage of households with access to a computer remain stable at 61,0% in 2010. The percentage of households with access to a desktop computer decreased to 37,0% compared to 41,6% in 2009 while the percentage of households with access to a laptop computer increased to 48,3% compared to 40,9% in 2009.

- A computer is found in 88,3% of households with dependent children, while in households where there are no dependent children the percentage is only 46,8%.

- The Internet access in households continues to increase. In the first quarter of 2010, the Internet was accessed at least once in 53,7% of the households, compared to 52,8% in 2009.

- Over the last years there has been a steady increase in broadband connections and a simultaneous decrease in narrowband connections (Modem, ISDN). 91,2% of the households with Internet access have a broadband connection (DSL) in 2010.

- There are mainly two reasons for households not having an Internet connection. Firstly, lack of skills and secondly the view that the household do not need the Internet (67,8% and 48,7% of the households without access to the Internet respectively).

- An increase was observed in the individuals that used the Internet during the first quarter of the year, from 47,9% in 2009 to 52,2% in 2010.

- Individuals 16 – 24 years old (88,4%) and students (96,2%) are the more frequent Internet users. This percentage decrease with age since only 6,9% of individuals 65 – 74 years old use the Internet.

- Men are using the Internet more frequently than women with percentage 51,9% and 47,9% respectively.

- The most popular Internet activities among Cypriots are finding information about goods or services, and sending or receiving e-mails (89,5% and 79,4% of Internet users respectively).

- 56,3% of Internet users are downloading games, images, films or music.

- Among individuals using the Internet, 47,4% are using instant messaging for communication with others and 43,5% are making telephone calls over the Internet.

- The most important reason for concerns related to Internet security is about children accessing inappropriate websites or connecting with potentially dangerous persons from a computer within the household (42,3%).

- 24,5 % of persons that used the Internet experienced problem with ‘Spam’ emails.

The results of the survey are available on the website of the Statistical Service.




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