Majority of educated Iranians use internet

ICT Materials 29 January 2012 13:03 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 29 / Trend M. Moezzi/

More than 50 percent of Iranians with higher education use the internet but less than 6 percent of those with basic education have access to the web, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

A report issued by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) examines the relationship between education levels and internet use.

In some developing countries, like Iran, India and Paraguay, there is a big difference in how much internet the highly educated and those with basic education use, according to the ITU report.

In South Korea, Switzerland and New Zealand more than 60 percent of people with basic education and 90 percent of those with higher education use the internet.

In general higher education equals higher pay and greater computer literacy, both important factors for increasing internet use, said the report.

In many developing countries, like Brazil and Senegal, 80 percent of people with greater levels of education are online.

The ITU report says that the internet is used equally, regardless of education, in only those countries with a very high penetration of internet users, like Norway and Iceland.