By Stefanos Evripidou
SEVEN IN ten households in Cyprus have access to a computer, marginally up from the year-earlier figure, according to the results of an annual survey by the Statistical Service.
The data was collected through personal interviews of 3,663 individuals, aged 16-74, during the first quarter of the year.
According to the survey, the percentage of households with access to a computer increased in 2013 to 70.3 per cent from 69.7 per cent last year.
Households with a desktop computer dropped to 27.3 per cent from 28.8 per cent last year, while the percentage of households with a laptop computer or notebook remains stable at 62.0 per cent.
Almost one in five households, or 18.7 per cent, has a tablet computer.
Internet access in households increased this year to 64.7 per cent compared to 61.8 per cent in 2012. The share of individuals using the internet also increased from 60.7 per cent in 2012 to 65.5 per cent in 2013.
Two thirds of internet users, or 67.7 per cent, participate in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
The survey also showed that one in five people made online orders for goods and services in the first three months of the year. Over half purchased clothes and sports goods, while just under half used the internet to make travel arrangements.
Three out of five internet users were online to make telephone calls.