Shanxi Wanbao newspaper published last month, figures on mobile phone use in the rural Shanxi Province in China. These figures were significantly increased between 2009 and 2010.
The team’s general survey of the National Bureau of Statistics in China’s Shanxi Province has published its investigation into mobile phone use in rural areas. There is no denying that in 2010, the mobile phone had become the shadow of communication for peasants in the Chinese province. The index for 100 households rose to 107.71 against 94.28 last year, more than one device per household.
The number of Chinese peasants using a desktop computer for internet access dropped to 68% in 2009 compared to 2008, whereas those using mobile phones as an Internet access terminal has increased by 20 percent, to a rate of 67.3% in 2009. Mobile telephony has become the primary access terminal to the Internet for the rural areas (counts from the Information Center of China Internet Network (CNNIC) on a report of 2009).
Analysis on individuals using mobile phones show that farmers spend every day on average 32.91 minutes reading, longer than that of urban folk (32.20 min). Readers using the rural cell phone spend on average 36.55 yuan per year, a level higher than that of urban readers (32.19 yuan).