The Jakarta Post
The number of Internet users in Indonesia reached 73 million this year or equal to some 29 percent of the population, with accessing social media being the highest activity, an official said on Tuesday.
Communications and Information Ministry spokesman Ismail Cawidu said that more than half of Internet users, or 58.4 percent, were between 12 and 34 years of age and were online for five hours by laptop or personal computer; and about two hours through mobile devices.
"Of this number, as many as 62 million people are active on social media," Ismail said, adding that 52 million of them accessed social media through mobile devices for about three hours per day.
Other activities include searching for information and emailing (48 percent), downloading or viewing and chatting (47 percent), while game playing and other activities accounted for less than 35 percent.
Meanwhile, in terms of media penetration, the figures for phone use amounted to 112 percent, television 95 percent, radio 47 percent, the Internet 29 percent, newspapers 25 percent and magazines 13 percent, Ismail said.
"The rate of activity and dependence on cellular phones is so high that one cell phone user owns three SIM cards," he said in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi as quoted by Antara news wires.(+++)