The number of Internet users in China has reached 1.032 billion, and the Internet penetration rate is 73%.

On February 25, CNNIC released the 49th statistical report on the development of China’s Internet (hereinafter referred to as the report). According to the report, the number of Internet users in China reached 1.032 billion in December 2021, up 42.96 million from December 2020, and the Internet penetration rate reached 73%.

The Internet usage behavior of netizens in China has new characteristics: First, the average duration of online usage per capita has continued to increase. As of December 2021, China’s Internet users had spent 28.5 hours online per week, 2.3 hours more than December 2020, and the Internet has become deeply integrated into people’s daily lives. Second, the use of Internet terminals has become more diverse. As of December 2021, the proportion of Internet users using cell phones to surf the Internet in China was 99.7%, and cell phones are still the main device for surfing the Internet.

In December 2021, the proportion of Internet users using instant messaging, online videos and short videos were 97.5%, 94.5% and 90.5% respectively, and the number of users reached 1007 million, 975 million and 934 million respectively.

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