Photo: iStock.

Official statistics suggest that about 79% of female Internet users in Indonesia use it to access social media. Our Sahrizal, head of the Statistics Indonesia (BPS) poverty statistics section, quoted the figures at a seminar for women’s empowerment and child protection on Tuesday.

After social media, 64% of them use the Internet for news, 41% for entertainment, 28% for work and 20% for e-mail, The Jakarta Post reported.

Jakarta holds the highest Internet usage rate in the country at 57%, whereas Papua has the lowest at 14%. Around 91% of Internet users use smartphones to access the Web.

In 2015, the World Bank cited statistics indicating that only around 20% of women in Indonesia used the Internet. But according to Statista.com, about 47.5% of Internet users in Indonesia were female as of mid-2016.

In 2017, there were about 105 million Internet users in the country, compared with 97 million in 2016, another chart showed.

Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now.