Online games have gradually lost their charm among young people as social networking sites have become a large part of people’s lives, a survey jointly released by the Taiwan Mobile Foundation, the Cyber Angel’s Pick and National Chengchi University’s Action Research for Kids & Kinship showed on Tuesday.
The survey was conducted among approximately 12,000 students aged eight to 17 to gauge the younger generation’s perception of personal privacy and intellectual property, the groups said.
A majority of the respondents said their main purpose for using the Internet was to listen to music, followed by visiting social networking sites and watching online videos, while playing online games dropped two spots to fourth on the list.
The survey also found that 63.3 percent of those polled own a cellphone, and nearly 70 percent of the devices are smartphones, which indicates a growth in Internet access among young people.
Young people appear to attach more importance to their personal privacy than to others’ intellectual property rights, as nearly 83 percent of respondents agreed with the notion that “one should not provide his or her personal information to a third party on the Internet,” compared with 70 percent who think it is inappropriate to use information found on the Internet without citing sources, the survey showed.
The poll showed that youngsters who own a mobile phone tend to value their personal privacy more, while those who do not own a cellphone generally place more importance on the protection of intellectual property.
It also found that young people who use the Internet frequently are more likely to care about privacy and intellectual property than those who only use the Internet on weekends.
While Yahoo, Facebook and Google remain the top three most used portal Web sites among Taiwanese teenagers, their penetration rates have changed from 72.4 percent, 19 percent and 5.6 percent to 39.7 percent, 35.4 percent and 21.6 percent respectively over the past year.
Cyber Angel’s Pick chief executive Huang Wei-wei (黃葳葳) said that as a growing number of people are using smartphones and tablets rather than personal computers to access the Internet, it is important to keep in mind intellectual property laws when sharing and using online information.
“It is vital to protect others and also yourself,” Huang said.