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INFOCOMM USAGE IN HOUSEHOLDS &
BY INDIVIDUALS, 2006
Almost nine in ten
children aged 10 - 14 years are infocomm users
Almost nine in ten children (aged 10 to 14 years) use the computer
and Internet for communications, learning and play. The proportion
of children in this age group is highest amongst the three age
groups surveyed. This is one of the key findings in the Infocomm
Development Authority of Singapore's (IDA) "2006 Annual Survey on
Infocomm Usage in Households and by Individuals"
The second highest proportion of
Infocomm users are our youth and adults (aged 15 to 59 years),
with about seven in ten using the computer and Internet
extensively for communications and leisure activities. The elderly
(aged 60 and above) are also Infocomm users. Three in ten use the
computer, while two in ten have accessed the Internet in the past
To better understand the Infocomm
trend among the younger and elderly population in Singapore,
Infocomm adoption and usage for two groups of individuals, those
aged below 15 years and those aged 60 years and above, were
included in the 2006 Survey for the first time.
The 2006 Survey found that Infocomm
has become an integral part of Singaporeans' lives, be it for
work, learning or at play. 78 per cent of households in Singapore
have access to at least one computer at home in 2006, compared to
74 per cent in 2005. 38 per cent have access to two or more
computers in 2006, compared to 28% in 2005. Home Internet
penetration also rose to reach 71 per cent in 2006.
Digital divide in
digital divide has narrowed between income groups. The 2006 Survey
found that the gap between households in public housing and
private housing has narrowed. In 2005, the difference in their
home computer penetration rates was 25 per cent. This has since
reduced to 18 per cent in 2006. Similarly, for home Internet
penetration, the difference has been reduced by 10 per cent.
The 2006 Survey also found an
increase in home computer penetration for households with
school-going children, from 86 per cent in 2005 to 88 per cent
today. By 2015, the goal is to see 100 per cent in home computer
ownership for households with
school-going children. The recently announced NEU PC Plus
programme is one of the Infocomm bridges" that will help to enable
needy students to have access to Infocomm through providing
subsidies for them to purchase computers with Internet access. IDA
will continue to build an inclusive digital society, where
Infocomm is used as a powerful enabler for everyone.
Singaporeans gear up on cyber-defence
- With more Singaporeans
getting connected, they are also realising the importance of
cyber-defence. The 2006 Survey found that about eight in ten
Internet users protected their computers with virus-checking
software, while six in ten users have installed anti-spyware and
- The 2006 Survey also found that more than half of Internet
users experienced virus attacks, and three in ten internet users
experienced loss and damage from such attacks.
The 2006 Survey is the
in the series conducted by IDA since 1990. Data collection was
done via face-to-face interviews from 18 October to 17 November
2006. 2,500 households and 2,810 individuals were interviewed. The
household listings were drawn from a sampling frame provided by
the Department of Statistics.
Please visit our
"Facts and Figures", "Surveys" for the executive summary of the key
findings of the 2006 Survey.
IDA will be releasing
more detailed findings by the first quarter of 2007.
Media Release 18 Jan 2007