For Brazilians, computers belong in the past. For the first time ever, smartphones have become the preferred device to access the internet in Latin America’s biggest country. Almost half of all internet users (49 percent, to be exact) only access the web on their phones, according to a recent survey by the Regional Center for Studies to the Development of the Information Society (CETIC.br).
That more and more Brazilians are going online is not exactly news. We at The Brazilian Report published another survey showing that 84 million people in Brazil are connected to smartphones. But CETIC.br’s study breaks down the behavior of each individual group, according to their region, economic status, and the urbanization level of their place of residence.
The survey reveals a change to internet usage habits. Messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are growing more and more popular, as well as video chat services. Meanwhile, however, social media consumption has shown a slight decrease – as has email usage and participation in online forums.