BBC research on Internet habits in southeast Asia

There’s been little coverage of a recent BBC World Service poll into internet usage worldwide despite its interesting findings – the main conclusion being “four in five adults questioned regard internet access as their fundamental right”.

From an Asian stand-point the research is interesting. Southeast Asia is well represented, with the 26 countries canvassed including Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

Southeast Asian trends 

A few general recurring points from the three Southeast Asian countries are below. Internet users in each are…

– concerned about content

– big users of social networking websites

– comfortable using the Internet for dating – particularly in Philippines and Indonesia

– more likely to say they can cope without the Internet, opposite of China, Japan, South Korea

The conclusions for each of the three are below in full.

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