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| About 40 Pct. of New Internet Users in Japan Are Women: Nikkei
January 13, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Women account for nearly 40 percent of new
Internet users in Japan, according to a recent survey by Nikkei Multimedia.
|This sudden rise in the number of women now using the Internet in Japan
was revealed in the Seventh Survey of Internet Active Users (8,812 valid
replies) conducted by Nikkei Multimedia from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2,
Of the total respondents, 129 said they had started using the Internet
in or after October 1998. Of that number, 38.8 percent were women.
Women accounted for only 8.2 percent of respondents who began using the
Internet in the period up to March 1993. But women accounted for 14.4
percent of new Internet users in April-Sept. 1996 and 24.7 percent of
new users in the period Oct. 1997 to March 1998.
The percentage rose even further during 1998: women accounted for 31.5
percent of new Internet users in April-Sept. 1998 and 38.8 percent of
new users from October, clear evidence that the number of female users
has risen rapidly in recent months.
Women currently account for 17.2 percent of the total number of Internet
users, an increase of 4.9 percent points since the last survey.
Differences were observed between male users and the growing number of
female users in regard to their reason for using the Internet.
Although large numbers of both men and women claimed "entertainment"
as their chief reason for Internet access, "entertainment" was cited
by a whopping 78.3 percent of female users, as opposed to 58.0 percent
of male users.
Among male users, 37.4 percent replied that they use the Internet predominantly
for work. Among female users, however, only 19.0 percent said that work
was their chief purpose.
A similar trend was apparent in the types of Web sites that users access
most frequently. Home pages that offer a search service were the choice
of 36.1 percent of men and 34.0 percent of women, showing little gender
Women, however, showed a strong inclination toward hobbies and entertainment,
with 31.3 percent reporting that they mostly visit home pages specializing
in information about their hobbies and interests, as opposed to only
22.7 percent of men who access such sites most frequently.
In contrast, 13.1 percent of men mostly visit home pages specializing
in information related to their work, while only 6.4 percent of women
claim to access such sites most frequently.
Results and analysis of the survey will be published in the February
1999 issue of Nikkei Multimedia (in Japanese only).
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