According to CyStat, the percentage of households with access to tablet computers reached 45,9% in 2017 compared to 40,3% in 2016. At the same time, there is an increase in the percentage of households that own a laptop computer from 66,3% in 2016 to 69,2% in 2017.
94,9% of households with dependent children own a computer whereas the corresponding percentage of households without dependent children is 68,5%.
During 2017, the internet access in households continued to increase and reached 79,4% compared to 74,4% in 2016.
The main reasons for not accessing the Internet from home is the lack of skills (63% of total households that do not have access) and the lack of need (62,2%).
Regarding the use of internet, 79,5% of persons is using the internet at least once a week. Almost all persons aged 16 – 24 years old (98,2%) use the internet at least once a week. This percentage decreases with age, even though for individuals 65 – 74 years old the use of internet increased to 33,9% in 2017 compared to 26,4% in 2016. High educated persons (96,8%) use the internet more frequently than persons with lower education level (48,8%).
During the first quarter of 2017, internet usage increased to 80,7% compared to 75,9% in 2016.
The most popular Internet activities are the following: reading online news/newspapers/magazines (79,9%), participating in social networks (78,1%), finding information about goods and services (76,1%), seeking health related information (71,8%) and telephoning over the internet/video calls (via webcam) over the internet (70,0%).
84,6% of the persons that used the Internet in the first quarter of 2017, used their mobile phone or smart phone to access the Internet away from home or work while 21,2% used a laptop or tablet.
As far as e-Commerce is concerned, 24,4% of persons aged 16 – 74 years old made online orders for goods and services in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 22,1% in 2016.
The most popular categories of goods/services ordered online were the following: clothes or sports goods (54,4%), other travel arrangements such as transport tickets, car hire etc. (48,1%) and holiday accommodation (38,1%).
82,4% of persons that bought or ordered goods and services for private use prefer sellers from other EU countries, 39,4% from the rest of the world and 27,3% buy or order from sellers in Cyprus. The amount spent for goods or services over the internet was usually between 100-500 Euros./IBNA