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Internet use is now a daily fixture in Thai lives
« on: August 07, 2014, 01:02:17 PM »
Thai people spend more than 50 hours a week on the Internet, chatting, catching  up news , and searching for information, according to a recent survey conducted by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA).

ETDA, an agency under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry, conducted the survey  during April and May of 16,600 people on their Internet usage behaviour.

The survey revealed that Thais spend on average seven hours a day on the internet, almost a third of daily life.

This showed that the internet usage among Thais increased sharply to 50.4 hours a week this year, compared with 32.3 hours a week or 4.6 hours a day in 2013.

Online chatting, catching up on news and searching for information are the top three internet activities.

Transgender  people spend a longer on the internet with an average of 62.1 hours per week, it said.

Greater availability of affordable mobile smartphones and wireless broadband internet coverage,  free public WiFi are attributed as main factors that  drove the surge in Internet usage.

The  primary use of the mobile internet was for entertainment and communication purposes.

Users access the internet via desktop computers mainly to seek information while 38.8% of people surveyed  use mobile phones for online shopping and 29.9% for mobile banking.

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