The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (Public Organisation) revealed today that Thais spent more time on the Internet in 2016, at 45 hours a week on average or 6.4 hours a day.
Its nationwide survey covers all types of devices conducted shortly after the launch of 4G mobile phone service.It finds that smartphones accounted for 85.5 per cent of connecting devices, compared to 82.1 per cent in 2014.
Smartphone users also spent 6.2 hours on average browsing the Internet, compared to 5.7 hours a day.
While PCs were mostly used to surf the Internet during 8am-4pm, accounting for 64.5 per cent of all devices; during 4pm to 8am smartphones were the most used gadgets.
Facebook and Line most frequently used by Thais on Internet
Facebook remained the most frequently-used social media among Thai Internet users. Trailing behind were LINE messaging app and YouTube.
The survey showed that most Thai Internet users used their mobile devices to connect to social network. In the top five activities for mobile devices included YouTube, e-book reading, information search and financial transactions.
ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana said that the 4G service has significantly influenced the Internet usage in the country, expecting this survey results to assist the public and private sectors in planning their strategies.
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