The Behaviour of Cybercafé Users in Tanzania

The findings of “Internet use behaviour of cybercafé users in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania” paint a general picture which corresponds to that of the world in many cases. Most cybercafé users in Morogoro municipality are those who already have Internet access elsewhere and many are young, male and better educated.

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The Internet is primarily used for searching academic information, communication and searching news. There were generally weak correlations between demographic characteristics of respondents and the purposes of using cybercafés. Key stats include:

  • 59% never received training on how to use the Internet
  • 30% had used the Internet for 5+ years
  • 64% spent between one and three hours at the cafe on one or two weekly occasions
  • 15% visited every day
  • Average charges were US $0.80 per hour
  • 23% used the Internet for business purposes
  • 77% accessed Facebook (41% Twitter, 33% YouTube, 27% blogs)

There were no adverse addictive behaviours associated with Internet usage in the study area. Problems encountered in using cybercafés in the study area are those repeatedly reported to hinder Internet penetration in Africa, including slow Internet (71%), high costs (62%), unreliable Internet (51%), inadequate skills (42%), power problems (41%), and inadequate computers (39%).
Hat tip to OAfrica for the study link