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Tuesday, 26 February, 2002, 08:50 GMT
Asian women love e-mail
Katherine Yip shows her child how to use a computer
Women are sharing their experiences online
More and more Asian women are discovering the joys of getting in touch over the internet.

The number of them who used e-mail and internet chat leapt towards the end of last year, according to recent figures by the net measurement company NetValue.

Rise in e-mail use
Hong Kong: 104.7%
South Korea: 72.9%
Singapore: 58.9%
Taiwan: 35%
"Towards the end of 2001, women were definitely interested in keeping in touch with people over the internet," said NetValue President Jack Loo in a statement.

"We saw more female users sending e-cards, sending and receiving e-mail, joining chat rooms, and posting up messages in forums."

The figures reinforce the commonly held belief that women are better communicators than men, using new technology to share experiences.

Chat takes off

The highest growth was in Hong Kong, where women flocked to use webmail and send electronic greetings cards during the holiday season.

The internet became a global coffee house, more than ever, as a means of people talking to friends, family and even strangers

Jack Loo, NetValue
Between October and December 2001, the number of Hong Kong women using webmail jumped 104.7%. There was also an increase of just under 80% in those sending e-cards.

There was also considerable growth in Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

The study also showed that more women were attracted by chatting over the internet, especially in Korea where more than half of all female internet users headed to chat sites.

But Singaporean women are fast catching up, with more than a fourfold jump in number of female chat users at the end of last year.

Women's voices

"The internet became a global coffee house, more than ever, as a means of people talking to friends, family and even strangers about what was happening around them and how they were coping," said Mr Loo.

Experts say the internet is tailor-made to help women find their voices, citing the rise of women's organisations across Asia.

The figures from NetValue also reflect the increasing numbers of women who are going online in Asia.

They now account for more than 40% of internet population in the Asia-Pacific region.

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