47% of Filipino adults use the Internet — SWS

/ 08:36 PM March 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The percentage of Filipino adults using the Internet have reached record-high in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The poll, which was conducted from December 16-19, 2018, found that 47 percent of adult Filipinos use the Internet.


This is a six-point increase from the 41 percent recorded in September 2018.

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The proportion of Filipino adult Internet users has been steadily increasing since SWS first conducted the poll in June 2006, the pollster said. At the time, Internet usage among Filipino adults was at 8 percent.

“It ranged from 11-19 [percent] from September 2007 to December 2011, and rose to 23-32 [percent] from March 2012 to December 2015,” SWS added.

Meanwhile, from April 2016 to September 2018, the SWS said Filipino adults who use the internet raged from 34 to 42 percent of the population before it reached its peak of 47 percent in December 2018.

Urban and rural areas

The proportion of Filipino adults in Metro Manila who use the Internet dropped by five points at 59 percent, but it still recorded the highest number of percentage among other areas.

In Balance Luzon, Internet users was at 56 percent, followed by Visayas (35 percent) and Mindanao (32 percent).


47% of Filipino adults use the Internet — SWS

“The proportion remains higher (since June 2006) in urban areas than in rural areas,” the SWS said.

“In urban areas, a record-high 62 [percent] of Filipinos are Internet users (up by 8 points from 54 [percent] in September), compared to rural areas with a record-high 37 [percent] (up by 6 points from 31 [percent] in September),” it added.

47% of Filipino adults use the Internet — SWS

The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,440 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide.

It had 360 respondents each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao and a sampling error margins of ±2.6 percent for national percentages, and ±5 percent each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The pollster said they asked the respondents this question:

“Kayo po ba ay nag-oonline upang makapag-internet o makapagpadala at makatanggap ng mga email? (Gumagamit ng Internet; Hindi gumagamit ng Internet).”

[Do you ever go online to access the internet or the World Wide Web or send and receive email? (Uses the Internet; Does not use the Internet)].” /ee

TOPICS: Filipino adults using the Internet, SWS survey, technology news
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