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Survey in south China finds age no bar for Internet surfers

07-08-2010 12:09 BJT

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Internet users in south China's Guangdong Province are getting younger, a survey has found, raising concerns of a possible surge in the number of young Web addicts.

Thursday's China Daily reported that the survey, jointly conducted by the Guangdong provincial research center of teenagers and the province's working committee of juveniles, found 80 percent of the 1,000 primary and high school students polled started surfing the Internet before they turned 10.

A little more than 11 percent started surfing before they reached age 11 and only 8.6 percent said they were introduced to the Internet when they were older than 11.

Moreover, compared with the data collected in 2007, teenagers in the province have spent longer durations online.

With the popularization of computers and network technologies, Guangdong is now witnessing a new wave of Internet users, according to the survey.

Children who surf the Internet to play online games represent 22.38 percent of the total, followed by those who consult data, chat and make cyber friends, see films, watch costume plays and news programs, and do homework.

"I would be outdated if I don't surf the net,"Li Zhangqi, 11, a student of the city's Xianliedonglu Primary School.

Li, a grade six student, said most of his classmates learned how to go online when they were in grade three or four.

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