Share of internet users using smartphones Japan 2019 by age group

In 2019, around 87.9 percent of internet users aged between 20 to 29 years used their smartphones to access the internet. About 87.8 percent of Internet users utilized smartphones for internet access, the second highest among all age groups. Only approximately eight percent of users aged 80 years and older, by comparison, accessed the internet via their smartphones.

Internet usage in Japan

The overall internet usage rate in Japan reached close to 90 percent in 2019. Smartphones surpassed computers by more than 10 percent in terms of being the primary device utilized for internet access. Only the respondents aged over 70 years old were using computers more than smartphones on average to access the internet. The foremost purpose of using the internet among respondents younger than 30 years old was to access social networking services (SNS).

Anxiety while using internet

Despite the high penetration rate of the internet, most Japanese respondents were still feeling anxious when they used the internet. This tendency was more frequent in the older age groups, with more than 80 percent of people aged 60 to 79 years feeling anxious. Roughly 88 percent of respondents were worried that personal information or their access history would be leaked by using the internet. The majority were also anxious about getting attacked by computer viruses.

Share of people who use smartphone to access internet in Japan in 2019, by age group

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

December 2019

Number of respondents

39,658 respondents

Age group

household members aged 6 years and older

Special properties

postal questionnaire and email survey

Method of interview


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