By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
The proportion of Filipino adults using the internet has been steadily increasing, based on the third quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results released on Tuesday.
In the nationwide survey conducted from Sept. 15 to 23 among 1,500 respondents, SWS found that 41 percent of Filipino adults are Internet users.
This is one point higher than the 40 percent in June 2018.
The respondents were particularly asked, “Do you ever go online to access the Internet or send and receive email?”
SWS said the proportion of Filipino internet users has been steadily increasing since it first asked about it in June 2006, when it was at 8 percent.
It initially ranged from 11 to 19 percent from September 2007 to December 2011, then from 23 to 32 percent from March 2012 to December 2015.
By April 2016, the proportion of internet users was consistently at 34 percent or above.
It reached its peak at 42 percent in March 2018, one point higher than the 41 percent in September 2018.
Internet use highest in Metro Manila and urban areas
Since it was first asked in June 2006, SWS said internet use has always been highest in Metro Manila and in urban areas.
The September 2018 survey found that the proportion of internet users increased from 60 percent in June 2018 to 64 percent in September 2018.
Internet use also increased in the rest of Luzon, from 42 percent in June to a new record-high 47 percent in September. This surpassed the previous record of 43 percent in June 2017.
However, it fell in Visayas, from the record-high 37 percent in June to 28 percent in September.
It also decreased in Mindanao, from 29 percent in June to in 27 percent in September.
The proportion of Internet users has always been higher in urban areas, at 54 percent in September (up by one point from 53 percent in June), compared to rural areas, at 31 percent in September (up by three points from 28 percent in June).
Internet use highest among classes ABC, women, 18-24 year olds, and college graduates
Since it was first surveyed in June 2006, internet use has always been highest among upper-to-middle class ABC, at 55 percent in September 2018 (down by seven points from 62 percent in June 2018).
This is followed by class D or the “masa” at 43 percent (up by one point from 42 percent), and class E or the “poorest” at 28 percent (up by three points from 25 percent).
Since December 2015, internet use has been higher among women, at 42 percent in September (from 45 percent in June), compared to men, at 40 percent (from 36 percent).
Likewise, internet use has always been highest among younger Filipinos.
It is highest among 18-24 year olds, at 81 percent in September (from 82 percent in June). This is followed by 25-34 year olds, at 65 percent (from 64 percent); 35-44 year olds, at 44% (from 41 percent); 45-54 year olds, at 27 percent (from 31 percent); and those 55 years old and above, at 12 percent (from 14 percent).
By educational attainment, internet use has always been highest among college graduates, at 73 percent in September (from 78 percent in June).
This is followed by high school graduates, at 56 percent (from 55 percent); elementary graduates, at 26 percent (from 21 percent); and non-elementary school graduates, at 9 percent (unchanged from June).