"Is Cybercafé Usage of Juan Different from Maria?": A Survey of Public Computer Access in Manila

By Rex Perez Bringula, Jenmart Bonifacio, Mikael Manuel and Ana Clariza Natanauan.

Published by Journal of Technologies and Human Usability

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This study investigated the cybercafé usage and the cybercafé services used by male and female respondents in Manila. The study employed an exploratory-descriptive design in which a validated survey form was utilized. Forty survey cafés in fourteen districts of Manila were randomly selected through a random-walk method. There were 403 respondents composed of 267 male and 136 female cybercafé users. It was revealed that both genders shared the same demographics in terms of place of residence, civil status, educational background, occupation, religious affiliation, personal computer ownership, Internet access at home, and monthly family income. However, in terms of age, male cybercafé users were younger than the female cybercafé users. Further, male cybercafé users tend to spend four hours per week while female cybercafé users spend three hours per visit in cybercafés. Male cybercafé users tend to visit cybercafés more frequently than female cybercafé users, but both genders visit cybercafés in the afternoon. The Internet was the most used service by both genders. Males had higher gaming usage than females. On the other hand, females had higher cybercafé usage in terms of office suites and printing services. Thus, the null hypothesis stating that there is no significant difference in the cybercafé usage of male and female cybercafé users in Manila is partially rejected. Conclusions and recommendations were presented.

Keywords: Cybercafé, Gender, Digital Divide, Internet Café, Internet Shop, Manila

Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 17, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 478.748KB)).

Rex Perez Bringula

Research and Development Coordinator, Research and Development Unit, College of Computer Studies and Systems, University of the East, Manila, Philippines

Jenmart Bonifacio

Research and Development Unit Member, Research and Development Unit, College of Computer Studies and Systems, University of the East, Manila, Philippines

Mikael Manuel

Research and Development Unit Member, Research and Development Unit, College of Computer Studies and Systems, University of the East, Manila, Philippines

Ana Clariza Natanauan

Research and Development Unit Member, Research and Development Unit, College of Computer Studies and Systems, University of the East, Manila, Philippines