Smartphone ownership versus income and education
Almost everybody in Malaysia owns a smartphone. However, the younger generation tend to own smartphones more than the older generation. In a survey conducted on smartphone ownership, only 30 percent of the respondents who were aged 65 years old and above had a smartphone. Income and education also seemed to have impact on digital connectivity, including smartphone ownership. A survey showed that about 95 percent of respondents who earned at least 5,000 Malaysian ringgit and had tertiary education or more owned a smartphone.
Connection to internet use
On average, Malaysians spend around 7.5 hours on the internet and 2.45 hours on social media daily. Internet and social media use were tied to smartphone ownership. Mobile messaging, taking pictures, and social networking were the most popular activities among Malaysian smartphone users. According to a survey conducted in February 2019, 90 percent of respondents stated that they use their smartphone for text messaging and voice notes at least once a day.