Young Chinese netizens number nearly 200 million

16:41, April 27, 2010      

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The number of young Chinese Internet users reached 195 million as of December 2009, 74 percent of whom use mobile phones to access the Internet, according to the "2009 Report on the Behavior of China's Young Internet Users" released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) on April 26, 2010.

The report found that China's Internet penetration rate has reached 54.5 percent among young people, much higher than the national average of 28.9 percent among the country’s total population. In addition, the number of young Chinese netizens increased by 28 million in 2009.

Mobile netizens constitute the majority of the newly-added young Internet users. The number of young mobile Internet users rose 73.5 percent to 144 million from the end of 2008 to 2009, accounting for 74 percent of the total young netizen population, above the national average of around 61 percent. The proportion of young people who surf the Internet via their desktops dropped to about 70 percent, indicating that mobile phones have overtaken desktops for the first time as the first choice for young Chinese Internet users to access the Internet.

By People's Daily Online


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