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Over 97% of Minors in China Utilise the Internet

A recent national survey on internet usage among minors in China has revealed that the number of juvenile internet users has reached a staggering 193 million in 2022.

This marks a significant increase from previous years, highlighting the growing trend of minors using the internet.

According to the report, the internet penetration rate among juveniles has risen from 93.7% to an impressive 97.2% between 2018 and 2022. This indicates that almost every child in China has access to the internet, showcasing the widespread adoption of digital technology among the younger generation.


The survey also highlighted the narrowing gap between urban and rural areas in terms of internet usage. In 2018, there was a 5.4 percentage point difference in internet penetration rates between urban and rural juveniles. However, by 2022, this gap had reduced to just 1 percentage point, indicating that internet access is becoming more equitable across different regions.


It was found that nearly 90% of minors in China own internet-connected devices, with mobile phones being the primary means of accessing the internet. Additionally, more than 20% of juveniles are utilising new smart devices such as smart watches, smart lamps, smart dictionaries, and other smart screens.


The survey also shed light on the activities that minors engage in while using the internet. Online learning, playing games, listening to music, watching short videos, and chatting were identified as the main activities among young internet users. This reflects the diverse range of interests and entertainment options available to minors in the digital age.


Interestingly, the survey revealed a positive perception of the internet's impact on learning among juveniles. The proportion of minors who believe that the internet has a positive influence on their education has increased from 53% in 2018 to an impressive 77.4% in 2022. This suggests that young people are recognising the educational benefits and opportunities provided by online resources.


Furthermore, the survey highlighted the impact of improved management systems for online entertainment. As a result, 61.5% of minors reported a significant reduction in the time spent on gaming activities, indicating a more balanced approach to internet usage.


The popularity of short videos among juvenile internet users has also seen a significant rise. In 2018, 40.5% of minors reported watching short videos, whereas in 2022, this proportion increased to 54.1%. Short videos have become an important source of information and entertainment for young people, further emphasising the influence of digital media.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has also captured the attention of the younger generation, with over 80% of minors stating that they have heard of AI technology. This demonstrates the growing awareness and interest in emerging technologies among Chinese youth.

 
  • The number of juvenile internet users in China has reached 193 million in 2022.

  • The internet penetration rate among minors has increased from 93.7% to 97.2% between 2018 and 2022.

  • The gap in internet usage between urban and rural areas has significantly reduced.


Source: CHINA DAILY

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