CDF Conference: Bu Wei on Digital Adoption

Among kids, she has found over 60 percent adoption in several large cities. Among kids who use the net, 78 percent use the net at home — a number that rises to 90 percent in Beijing. 67 percent use the net at a friend’s home, 50 percent at school, 42 percent at parents’ office, and only 30 percent at an Internet cafe.

In smaller cities, almost 2/3 of kids who use the net use it at cyber cafes. So monitoring or closure of cyber cafes will have a disproportionate effect on migrant youth and kids in small cities.

Boys use the net somewhat more than girls. In fact, the typical user is a male student in high school, a good family income, good income, computer at both home and school, and most likely living in Beijing Guangzhou.

In one survey, if kids had to choose between TV and the net, 68 percent chose the net. And as for most important technology, 66 percent chose the net, far more than any other technology.

(Posted by Steven Bodzin)

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