(QCOSTARICA) For the first time in six years, the percentage of ownership of computers, both desktops and laptops, in Tico (Costa Rican) homes has decreased.
According to figures from the Encuesta Nacional de Hogares (ENAHO) – national household survey, the number went from 52% in 2014 to 48% in 2015.
What is the reason of the (downward) trend? The answer could be in the increased use of smartphones and tablets to connect ot the internet.
Alejandro Amador researcher for the Programa de la Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento (Prosic), of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), says its hard to know exactly what is causing the decline, in that, although the number of computers has reduced, we see a significant increase in Internet access in homes.
Confirming the trend, Gilles Maury, Managing Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Deloitte, saying that the computer is no longer the “privileged” access device to the Internet.
According to Maury, the computer is used for production, such as data manipulation, graphic design, programming and high-end video games; meanwhile, devices such as smartphones or tablets are best suited for consumers to connect to the internet to access multimedia content or interact in social networks.
Source La Nacion