Over one-third internet users still access cyber cafes; a study

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New Delhi, Dec 23 (UNI) Cyber cafes still continue to be the most favoured internet access point and accounts for nearly 36 per cent of users, down from 53 per cent in 2003, a study says.

A joint study by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)and IMRB International says that contrary to popular belief, more users access internet from homes than from offices, the percentage being 30 per cent and 25 per cent respectively for the year 2007.

IMRB International, established in 1971 is the oldest and largest market research organisation in India and South Asia.

Although the percentage of users accessing internet from schools has marginally gone up from six per cent to seven per cent in 2007, access from school continues to be discouraging, considering the fact that schools could become the first access point for young and new users between the ages of 8 and 12.

Commenting on the findings, IAMAI president Subho Ray says, ''Access from cyber cafes are being discouraged due to a host of regulatory issues which are discouraging entrepreneurs to set up cyber cafes, while access from schools is being inhibited by a negative mindset about internet; these pose a challenge to the faster growth and adoption of internet.'' The report says preference for access points is determined by the age and professional background. While an overwhelming majority of school and college students prefer to access internet from cyber cafes, 45 per cent of older men and 46 per cent of non-working women access internet from home.

UNI

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