The results of the survey conducted by the Thai National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) between September to November last year of Thai Internet users show that 54.4% of Thai net users are female. The majority of net users were between 20 and 30 years old. 66% of Internet users access the Internet from home, while 40 % use the Net in the workplace, 29 % at an educational facility and 25 % at an Internet cafe. It is the first time in the survey's seven-year history that home Internet use has dominated.
The most common activity on-line is email (24 percent), followed by information searching at 22 percent, while games and chat were used by 13 percent of respondents. 69% of Internet users have made some sort of e-commerce transaction over the past year, with males making more purchases on-line. The most common were service reservations (20 percent) and buying movies (19 percent) and software (16 percent).
The top five Internet problems cited were virus attacks, communication speed, junk mail, pornography, and impolite/inappropriate content.
The number of broadband users is expected to increase to 60% of all Internet subscribers in Thailand by the end of this year, last year, ADSL-based broadband Internet was used by 43 percent of the Net population. Respondents not using broadband cited cost as the main deterrent stopping them from making the switch.