Israel – According to data released by the Ministry of Trade & Industry, 24.6% of chareidi homes with computers are connected to the Internet, almost a surprising 25%. The ministerial study also reveals that 41% of chareidi homes have computers.
The study conducted by a branch of the ministry sought to document the extent of computer usage in chareidi homes as compared to other segments of Israeli society. The data was pulled primarily from the database information accumulated by the Census Bureau from 2002-2007.
The report adds that 21.2% of chareidi homes use the computer for work [as opposed to 50.4% among secular and traditional homes]. 15.5% of chareidim use the computer for educational purposes [as opposed to 26% in secular and traditional homes]. Chareidi men are more likely to use the computer (19%) as compared to women (12%) and that chareidi men are connected in larger numbers (27%) than chareidi women (22.5%).
The report is lacking however, as is cited by the ministry, since it does not address usage by the chareidi sector in the workplace or other places out of the home, which is generally higher than in the home.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)