Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) The Internet usage rate in Taiwan reached its highest level in 2011, being recorded at 72 percent of the total population and 82.5 percent of households, the Executive Yuan said Thursday.
Last year, over 14.78 million people aged over 12 years were Internet users, representing an increase of 320,000 people from 2010, according to the survey conducted by the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission under the Executive Yuan.
In addition, the mobile Internet usage rate jumped from 53 percent in 2010 to 70.4 percent last year, as the result of the growing prevalence of smartphones and tablet PCs among Taiwanese people, the survey showed.
The gap between the usage rates among men and women was shortened to 2.3 percent, as the rate increased from 69.2 percent in 2010 to 70.8 percent last year for women, while the rate for men was 72.5 percent in 2010 and 73.1 percent in 2011, the survey said.
Taipei topped the list of surveyed cities and counties with an Internet usage rate of 80.1 percent, followed by Hsinchu City with 78 percent.
Chiayi and Yunlin counties had the lowest rates of around 60 percent last year.
The survey, which was conducted between July 13 and Aug. 12 last year, collected 13,272 valid responses, the commission said.
(By Lin Hui-chun and Maia Huang)