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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


VI. Information and Communication

2. Internet use

(1) Internet use by cellular phone
Q39 (F11)   Do you use the Internet on a cellular telephone? Internet use includes sending e-mail to addresses including "@" signs, looking at informational sites, etc.
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY)
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Do not know
  4. Refused

When asked about their Internet use by cellular phone, 84.9% of Japanese youth responded "Yes."

Comparing the five countries, in the four countries other than Japan, the percentages of those giving "No" were higher ( South Korea : 71.6%; U.S.A. : 69.3%; U.K. : 68.3%; France: 85.6%).

Table 6-2-1-1: Internet use by cellular phone < CSV Data >

Table 6-2-1-1: Internet use by cellular phone

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that there were no differences.

Table 6-2-1-2: Internet use by cellular phone (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 6-2-1-2: Internet use by cellular phone (by gender

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(2) Internet use by PC
Q40 (F12)   Do you use the Internet on a personal computer?
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY)
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Do not know
  4. Refused

When asked about their Internet use by PC, 77.6% of Japanese youth responded "Yes."

Comparing the five countries, the largest percentage of those giving "Yes" a PC for Internet use was found in South Korea, at 98.6%. Following in the 80-89% range were the U.S.A. (84.5%), France (81.9%), and the U.K. (81.6%), while in Japan the figure was in the 70-79% range (77.6%).

Table 6-2-2-1: Internet use by PC < CSV Data >

Table 6-2-2-1: Internet use by PC

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that there were no differences.

Table 6-2-2-2: Internet use by PC (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 6-2-2-2: Internet use by PC (by gender)

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(3) Changes due to Internet use
[ASK Q 41 IF ANSWERED Q39 OR Q40 WITH ANSWER 1, THAT IS, USE THE INTERNET ON A CELLULAR TELEPHONE OR PERSONAL COMPUTER]
Q41  [HAND R CARD 36] Please choose those things from the list on the card that you think have changed from before you used the Internet to after you started using the Internet.

a  First, choose the things that you think have increased or expanded for you.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
b  Now, choose the things that you think have decreased or narrowed for you because of Internet use.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. Scope of activity
  2. Communication with parents
  3. Communication with friends
  4. Opportunity to express my opinions
  5. Opportunities to gain new acquaintances
  6. Worry that I will get into trouble
  7. Interest in government, the economy, etc.
  8. Enjoying and taking an interest in life
  9. Stress
  10. Sense of isolation
  11. Time for study
  12. Time for sleep
  13. Other (specifically,                         )
  14. No change, or not applicable
  15. Do not know
  16. Refused

Respondents were asked about changes after they started to use the Internet.
      Japanese youth gave most as that which increased or expanded after starting to use the Internet "Enjoying and taking an interest in life, " at 49.0%. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "Communication with friends" (45.0%) and "Scope of activity" (36.7%).
      In contrast, given most as that which decreased or narrowed as a result of using the Internet was "Time for sleep, " at 35.2%. Among the other responses, everything other than "Time for study" (11.9%) was given by less than 10%, while "No change, or not applicable" was given by 44.3%.

Table 6-2-3-1: Changes due to Internet use ( Japan ) < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-3-1: Changes due to Internet use ( Japan )

Comparing the five countries in terms of that which increased or expanded due to use the Internet, in South Korea, similar to Japan, "Enjoying and taking an interest in life" was given most, at 61.5%. The responses that followed were "Communication with friends" (37.2%), "Scope of activity" (27.1%), "Opportunities to gain new acquaintances" (24.7%), "Interest in government, the economy, etc." (23.9%), and "Opportunity to express my opinions" (23.0%).
      In the U.S.A., the U.K., and France, "Communication with friends" was given by the largest percentages ( U.S.A. : 63.8%; U.K. : 57.8%; France: 58.6%). In the U.S.A., the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Scope of activity" (40.3%), "Opportunity to express my opinions" (29.3%), and "Opportunities to gain new acquaintances" (28.2%).
      In the U.K., the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Opportunities to gain new acquaintances" (26.1%) and "Scope of activity" (23.5%).
      In France, the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Enjoying and taking an interest in life" (48.2%) and "Opportunities to gain new acquaintances" (32.3%).

In terms of that which decreased or narrowed due to the use of the Internet, similar to Japan, in the other four countries as well "Time for sleep" was given by the largest percentages (South Korea: 52.9%; U.S.A.: 25.0%; U.K.: 23.4%; France: 27.2%). The figure was quite high in South Korea, reaching the 50-59% range.
      In South Korea, the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Communication with parents" (46.8%) and "Time for study" (35.2%).
      In the U.S.A., the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Time for study" (15.9%), "Stress" (12.6%), and "Sense of isolation" (11.8%).
      In the U.K. and France, "No change, or not applicable" was answered by 47.1%, and 51.1%, respectively.

Table 6-2-3-2: Changes due to Internet use: "That which increased or expanded"
                                                                  (five-country comparison) < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-3-2: Changes due to Internet use: "That which increased or expanded"(five-country comparison)


Table 6-2-3-3: Changes due to Internet use: "That which decreased or narrowed"

                                                                  (five-country comparison) < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-3-3: Changes due to Internet use: "That which decreased or narrowed"(five-country comparison)

In terms of that which increased or expanded due to use the Internet, an analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that a higher percentage of females than males gave "Communication with friends" (males: 41.4%; females: 48.5%), while a higher percentage of males than females gave "Interest in government, the economy, etc." (same as above: 18.8%, 9.9%).
      In terms of that which decreased or narrowed due to the use of the Internet, an analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that there were no differences.

Table 6-2-3-4  Changes due to Internet use: "That which increased or expanded"
                                                                                (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-3-4  Changes due to Internet use: "That which increased or expanded"(by gender)


Table 6-2-3-5  Changes due to Internet use: "That which decreased or narrowed"
                                                                                (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-3-5  Changes due to Internet use: "That which decreased or narrowed"(by gender)

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(4) Trouble experienced in Internet use
[ASK Q 42 IF ANSWERED Q39 OR Q40 WITH ANSWER 1, THAT IS, USE THE INTERNET ON A CELLULAR TELEPHONE OR PERSONAL COMPUTER]
Q42  [HAND R CARD 37] Which of the items on the card have you experienced when using the Internet? Please choose as many of the items as are applicable.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. Received improper claims or fictitious claims, or was a victim of wrongdoing, when using an online auction or when shopping online
  2. Seen sites that include harmful information for children not yet 18 (sexual content, cruel or violent content, content encouraging suicide, content encouraging crime, etc.)
  3. Anonymously written false information
  4. Been anonymously slandered or harassed via electronic bulletin boards or e-mail
  5. Accessed Internet sites by falsifying my age
  6. Unsolicited junk e-mail has been sent frequently
  7. None of the above
  8. Do not know
  9. Refused

Japanese youth gave most as the trouble experienced in Internet use "Unsolicited junk e-mail has been sent frequently" (44.2%). The responses that followed were, in descending order, "Seen sites that include harmful information for children not yet 18 (sexual content, cruel or violent content, content encouraging suicide, content encouraging crime, etc.)" (16.5%), and "Received improper claims or fictitious claims, or was a victim of wrongdoing, when using an online auction or when shopping online" (15.6%).
      "None of the above" was given by 44.0%.

Comparing the five countries, similar to Japan, in the other four countries as well "Unsolicited junk e-mail has been sent frequently" was given most ( South Korea : 64.1%; U.S.A. : 65.4%; U.K. : 53.9%; France: 34.1%). This was followed by "Seen sites that include harmful information for children not yet 18" (same as above: 43.4%, 42.5%, 21.3%, 18.5%). In South Korea and the U.S.A. in particular, the figures exceeded those of Japan by over 20 points.

Table 6-2-4-1: Trouble experienced in Internet use < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-4-1: Trouble experienced in Internet use

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that larger percentages of males than females gave "Seen sites that include harmful information for children not yet 18" (males: 22.0%; females: 11.2%) and "Received improper claims or fictitious claims, or was a victim of wrongdoing, when using an online auction or when shopping online" (same as above: 19.6%, 11.8%).

Table 6-2-4-2: Trouble experienced in Internet use (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 6-2-4-2: Trouble experienced in Internet use (by gender)

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(5) Regulations on harmful information on the Internet
Q43  [HAND R CARD 38] What should be done in order to ensure that children under the age of 18 do not see or get access to harmful information (sexual content, cruel or violent content, content encouraging suicide, and content encouraging crime) over the Internet? Please choose the one item you think is most important from the list.
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY)
  1. Should not be regulated
  2. Filtering services should be used
  3. The information issuers, providers, etc. should voluntarily regulate themselves
  4. Legal regulation is necessary
  5. Do not know
  6. Refused

When asked what they thought should be done to keep children under the age of 18 from being able to view or access harmful information on the Internet, the largest percentage of Japanese youth answered "Legal regulation is necessary" (43.4%). "Filtering services should be used" was given by 25.3%, while "The information issuers, providers, etc. should voluntarily regulate themselves" was given by 23.8%.

Comparing the five countries, in both South Korea and Japan, "Legal regulation is necessary" was given by the largest percentage (43.9%). This was followed, in descending order, by "Filtering services should be used" (31.4%) and "The information issuers, providers, etc. should voluntarily regulate themselves" (17.3%).
In the U.S.A. and the U.K., "Filtering services should be used" was given most ( U.S.A. : 39.3%; U.K. : 45.9%). This was followed by "Legal regulation is necessary" (same as above: 30.9%, 30.7%).
In France as well, "Filtering services should be used" was the dominant response, given in the 40-49% range (47.9%). The responses that followed were "The information issuers, providers, etc. should voluntarily regulate themselves" (19.0%), "Legal regulation is necessary" (14.4%), and "Should not be regulated" (14.1%), responses all given in the 10-19% range.

Table 6-2-5-1: Regulations on harmful information on the Internet < CSV Data >

Table 6-2-5-1: Regulations on harmful information on the Internet

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that a higher percentage of females than males gave "Legal regulation is necessary" (males: 36.1%; females: 50.5%), while a higher percentage of males gave "Filtering services should be used" (same as above: 29.2%, 21.6%).

Table 6-2-5-2: Regulations on harmful information on the Internet (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 6-2-5-2: Regulations on harmful information on the Internet (by gender)

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