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Most Argentine Teens Lack Home Internet Access

May 27th, 2011 | Categoría: Culture

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About two-thirds of Argentine adolescents lack Internet access in their homes, according to a study published Friday.

The news may come as a bit of a surprise to some given Argentina’s pervasive online presence.

But sometimes perceptions don’t accurately reflect reality and that may be the case here. So how do Argentina’s number compare with those in other countries? Consider this:

“In developing countries 72.4% of households have a TV, only 22.5% have a computer and only 15.8% have Internet access (compared to 98%, 71% and 65.6% respectively in developed countries),” according to this International Telecommunications Union report.

The Argentine Catholic University study also indicates that almost 60% of Argentine kids lack access to books at home while another 54% have no home computer. Presumably, this helps explain the success and proliferation of cybercafes in Argentina.

“The deficit in the access to these resources increases as the socioeconomic class of the adolescents declines,” the study said.

On the upside, the study said most kids (67%) have access to family support when it comes time to do their homework at home.

Meanwhile, some 38% of Argentine kids were enrolled in school programs at the age of three last year. That percentage rises to 78% for four-year olds and 95% for children over the age of five (this is obligatory by law).

For more facts and tidbits about Argentina’s educational system, you can download the complete report here.

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