Photo: Internet usage in Latin America
Use of the Internet as a source of entertainment and information in Latin America is going a lot faster than economic growth, though countries like Nicaragua and Honduras “have practically never gone online,” according to a report released by the Latinobarometro polling firm.
Some 85 percent of South America’s population and 84 percent of Central America’s have mobile phones,” the study made available to the media this Friday said.
At the same time, the number of people in the region who have never used e-mail or the Internet dropped from 59 percent to 55 percent between 2010 and 2013.
While in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador more than 70 percent of the inhabitants “have never gone online,” that behavior pattern drops to 42 percent in Chile, 40 percent in Argentina and 39 percent in Costa Rica.
The analysis also notes that between 2011 and 2013 the number of people using the Internet or e-mail “every day” has increased from 11 percent to 15 percent.
The countries with the most frequent use are Argentina with 39 percent, Chile with 34 percent and Uruguay with 30 percent, according to the survey taken in 18 countries with samples of 1,000 to 1,200 cases representative of 100 percent of the population in each country, and with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent per country.
With regard to social networks, the report says that Facebook use has doubled in three years, climbing from 19 percent in 2010 to 38 percent in 2013.
It notes that the countries using that network the most are Chile with 51 percent, Argentina with 50 percent and Costa Rica with 48 percent, while those that use it least are Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.