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Survey reveals the daily habits of Taipei residents

GOOD, BAD NEWS:The survey showed about half of respondents eat a home-cooked dinner or exercise regularly, and the Internet is very popular with the young

Staff writer, with CNA

More Taipei residents tend to eat home-made dinners, exercise at least once a week, take a domestic or overseas trip every year and use the Internet, while fewer go to a concert or buy a book every year, according to an official survey released on Friday.

The first survey on aspects of Taipei residents’ everyday life, which was conducted by the city’s Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, showed that among the residents surveyed, 49 percent consumed home-made dinners and 12 percent dined out daily.

As for exercising, 78 percent of respondents exercised at least once a week. Among those, half exercised at least three times a week and for at least half an hour each time.

On the other hand, most Taipei residents do not seem as interested in art or cultural affairs.

About 57 percent of residents surveyed said they visited exhibitions during the past year; 31 percent attended at least one concert; 32 percent attended at least one lecture unrelated to work; and 43 percent said they did not buy a book in the past year.

Among the group, about a fifth bought more than 10 books a year, while about half of those who bought at least seven books a year used the Internet for the majority of their cultural consumption.

According to the survey, the Internet is popular with Taipei residents and 86 percent of respondents were users.

Younger people and those who attended school longer tend to be heavier users of the Internet, with some spending an average of four hours a day online.

Of those who go online, about 90 percent have accounts on social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, and about the same percentage have accounts for short message services (SMS) apps.

As for traveling, about 76 percent of the group took at least one trip within the country during the past year and almost half of the residents surveyed traveled abroad.

A total of 1,058 Taipei citizens aged 20 or older were interviewed by telephone from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25 for the survey. The margin of error was less than plus or minus 3.01 percentage points.

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