Vietnamese Internet Usage Survey September 2008

By , September 17, 2008 11:11 am

Some points to note when reading this statistics:

  1. It’s from a survey on a VNExpress, Vietnam’s number 1 online newspaper. Readers from other news don’t see this poll. [Addendum: this poll being on an online newspaper helps attributing the dominating portion of "news" in the result. I thought this deduction was too obvious but certain response proved me wrong]
  2. Readers using a RSS Reader who are more tech-savvy don’t see this poll
  3. The poll only asks for the most usage from voters, no multiple-choice. Consequence: the result doesn’t reflect the actual time people spend on web
  4. Perception: some voters might confuse “activities that take most time” with “activities that add most values”
  5. Readers interested in other columns might totally skip this article, let alone scroll down, click and fill in the capcha to vote
  6. The survey is not done officially but is only a side poll on a very different article
  7. Many people might have voted on “News” to show their support for VNExpress, like the behavior of bookmarking Google
  8. I’m quite surprised Online Game was not in the list
  9. If VNExpress’ intention for this survey to show that Social Networking is depressing Porn, they might have failed because
    • Porn percentage is 2.4 times that of Social Networking plus Blogging
    • No historical data (i.e. the same survey in 2007) were shown to indicate that Social Networking is really growing over porn
    • Even if (I say if) percentage of porn surfing in 2008 is less than the volume in previous years, absolute number or ‘quality’ of porn surf might not have decreased because obviously there are more Internet users in Vietnam than in previous years
  10. Is FPT spreading the good words on social networking to pave the way for its new Social Network? If yes, I wonder why the article misses Online Game – one current FPT business – though.
  11. While the scientific validity and reliability of this survey are highly questionable, it can be read in certain ways that prove certain arguments.

Vietnamese Internet Usage Chart

Vietnamese Internet Usage Table

5 Responses to “Vietnamese Internet Usage Survey September 2008”

  1. River says:

    I think 119 votes is too few to estimate

  2. Chip says:

    119 votes don’t make sense for over 20 millions Internet users in Vietnam.
    And believe me, what ppl think they do are way different from what they’re doing.

  3. Tai says:

    @River and Chip:

    This survey is just an excuse :)

  4. g8minhquan says:

    [quote]
    # Many people might have voted on “News” to show their support for VNExpress, like the behavior of bookmarking Google
    # I’m quite surprised Online Game was not in the list
    [/quote]

    IMHO,
    - It’s not that they wanna show their support for VNExpress. Actually they are reading VNExpress – they are news readers. If the survey were on a blogging service, the result might be different.
    - The question is about the Web, not the Internet. Therefore there’s no online game in the list.

  5. Tai says:

    g8minhquan: If the survey were on a blogging service, the result might be different.

    Hi Mr. Quan,

    It’s not certain that if the poll were on a blog, the vote for “blogs” would be higher. The reason is that the portion of blog readers using RSS readers is much higher than that of news-only readers. If this poll were included in a blog WITHOUT explicit mention, it would not be displayed in the RSS entry and therefore, a large number of votes for “blogs” would be neglected.

    Cheers

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