Mexico’s Internet Penetration Is Growing, Albeit Slowly

Although nearly half of adults use the internet for a verity of purposes, people aged over 60 seem to be hesitant about going online.

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The number of internet users in Mexico reached 62.4 million in 2015, representing 57.4% of the population, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). While only 40% of households have an internet connection, this is up 4.8% from last year.

As expected, Mexico’s younger population is the most fond of using the web, but their preferred means of going online is via their mobile phone. This contrasts with older Mexicans. Although nearly half of all adults use the internet for a verity of purposes, people aged over 60 seem to be hesitant about going online.

A larger majority of users get onto the internet to gather general information, while more than 80% of them use messaging or email services, 76% surf for audiovisual content, and 71.5% use social media. What is notable, however, is that more than 50% of people use the internet for education and for finding materials related to their training.

A large number of internet users are concentrated in urban areas such as Baja California and Mexico City.  People in these cities have access to high-speed internet. In the city of Mérida in the Yucatán, a large majority of the population are accessing the internet via smartphone.

The states where households have greater internet penetration are Mexico City (63.1%), Nuevo Leon (59.1%), Baja California Sur (57.7%), Sonora (57.1%), and Baja California (56.5%). But households in the center and south of the country have less access to the internet.

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Chiapas is the one with least access to the network, as only 13.1% of households are connected, followed by Oaxaca (17.8%), Tabasco (21.5%), Guerrero (21.7%), and Tlaxcala (23.4%).

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