Thailand's netizens unanimously voted 'using profanity online' as the most annoying internet habit, according to a survey.
The netizens also are most guilty of posting feline pictures and making online complaints, said the ‘Worst Internet Habits’ survey commissioned by Telenor Group - the major shareholder of Total Access Communication (Dtac).
The study was undertaken by Penn Schoen Berland in Singapore and surveyed 401 people across Thailand (101), Malaysia (100), India (100), and Singapore (100).
According to the Thailand findings, the top five most annoying things people do on the internet are (1) using profanity: 43 per cent; (2) spreading false rumors: 40 per cent (3) online games invites: 32 per cent; (4) trolling or offensively posting in order to elicit angry responses : 28 per cent; (5) sharing inappropriate content: 20 per cent.
While profanity was registered as Thailand’s top pet peeve at 43 per cent and in Malaysia similarly high at 39 per cent, whereas India and Singapore reported being far less annoyed by virtual world expletives with only 4 per cent and 7 per cent respectively reporting the behaviour to be annoying.
“This survey gives us a stimulating new way to understand and learn more about our customers in Thailand so we can continue to cater our services to them specifically. In terms of the results, it’s interesting to note the unique feelings Thai people have in relation to the net, such as, the fact they really do not like online profanity. I am equally happy to see that Thais love to share food pictures,” says Lars-Åke Norling, CEO at Dtac.
When asked which online behaviours respondents have personally engaged in themselves, Thais admitted to (1) posting pictures of food: 36 per cent; (2) complaining: 29 per cent; (3) sharing cat content and poor spelling and grammar: 20 per cent tied. And while women regionally overall were more likely to post pictures of food (31 per cent versus 23 per cent for men), men were bigger complainers at 14 per cent against the female average of 12 per cent. But both genders were equally at fault of being negligent of their spelling and grammar – 14 per cent.
Gender breakdowns also revealed behavioural nuances and potential correlations in behaviour. Two-thirds of respondents admitting to excessively posting selfies on the net were female, whereas the majority of respondents engaging in Facebook voyeurism are male.
Seventy eight per cent of Thais surveyed also admit to being ‘internet addicts’ - higher than the regional average of 67 per cent. It is worth noting that while both the majority of men and women agreed with the statement, slightly more females surveyed felt addicted than their male counterparts. Females reported to spending more time online than men with 21 per cent of online two hours per day for personal reasons–equating to a mammoth 730 hours per year. In parallel, men reported to accessing the internet more regularly than females with 89 per cent accessing it ‘many times a day outside of work purposes’.
Additionally Thailand’s average time online per day (5.03 hours) was the highest, followed by Singapore at 4.38 hours, Malaysia at 4.18 hours and India at 3.35 hours.
A resounding 88 per cent of Thais say the internet has improved their lives, and 86 per cent of respondents stated social media in Thailand has helped them to strengthen relationships with friends and family.