More Mexicans Go Online in 2020, Banking Services Lag BehindBy Andrea Villar | Thu, 07/01/2021 - 23:23
The pandemic changed the way Mexicans surf the net. In 2019, 95.3 percent of internet users went online via a smartphone, rising to 96.0 percent in 2020. The percentage of those who did so via laptop dropped from 41.0 percent in 2019 to 33.7 percent in 2020. It should be noted, however, that the percentage of people who connected via a Smart TV decreased from 23.4 percent in 2019 to 22.2 percent in 2020, revealed the National Survey on the Availability and Use of Information Technologies in Households (ENDUTIH) published by INEGI.
ENDUTIH also revealed that around 84.1 million people in Mexico are internet users, representing 72.0 percent of the population aged six and over. However, it also reported that not all internet users have access to all information and communication technologies (ICTs). Only 21.7 percent of internet users, for instance, conducted online banking transactions, which meant a year-on-year growth of 4.9 percentage points compared to 2019.
In 2020, 93.8 percent of online users in the country said that they used the internet mainly to stay connected. Internet users aged six and older reported that being connected helped them search for information on the web and access social media, entertainment and audiovisual content. Last year, nearly 90 percent of internet users surfed mainly for leisure and entertainment while reading books, newspapers or magazines were among the least popular leisure activities among internet users in the country.
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