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Mothers set for e-mail Internet greetings

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Seventy-three percent of respondents to an online survey said they were thinking of greeting their mothers via the Internet on Mother's Day, which falls on Sunday, the results of the survey released yesterday showed.

In the survey conducted by the Taipei-based Taiwan Digital Phoenix Association (台灣數位鳳凰協會), in part to gain an understanding of computer use among Taiwan’s mothers, 33 percent of respondents said their mothers have e-mail addresses, while 27 percent said they had sent e-mails to their mothers.

Twenty percent said they had chatted with their mothers via MSN Messenger, while 6 percent stated their mothers have their own blogs, association president Su Hsi (蘇喜) said.

Microsoft Taiwan Corp has has been promoting its “Digital Phoenix Program” over the past four years, offering computer lessons in an effort to narrow the digital disparity between women in urban and rural areas, Su said.

Although mothers may buy many households’ first computer, they only use them on a limited basis because they feel “they’re expensive and worry they’ll break the computer if they touch it,” Su said.

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