By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
More Costa Ricans are connected to the Internet these days but less and less own their own computer, according to the latest data released by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones.
According to the institute, last year the number of internet users increased by 10 percent, as a consequence of more households with internet access. This has been a common trend since 2006, when the percentage of internet users was stuck at just 19 percent. In 2016, that figure increased to 62 percent.
In regards to homes with internet access, that criteria expanded from 10 percent in 2006 to 65 percent ten years later. However, the percentage of homes with computers, including both laptops and desktops, showed an increasing trend until 2014. As of 2015 and 2016 that percentage fell by 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
This situation means more and more people are accessing the web through tablets and cell phones, according to the investigation.
“These results show the importance the internet has as a way to improve the quality of life,” Edwin Estrada, the vice minister of telecommunications, said in a statement.
Part of the information used in the study comes from the National Survey of Households. This data is also used to feed the Digital Gap Index, which monitors the evolution of the telecommunications infrastructure on a nationwide scale and serves as a framework to develop the required public policies.