I’ve never actually ventured into a manga or net cafe myself, as I do have an image of them being dark, slightly dodgy places that smell of stale tobacco and stale otaku. I’m probably completely and utterly wrong, so perhaps in the name of research I should poke my nose in once just to confirm or correct my mental picture! So, as reported by japan.internet.com, recently Cross Marketing Inc looked at internet cafes and manga kissas (comic cafes).
Over the 26th and 27th of September 2007 300 people from Cross Marketing Inc’s monitor pool successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sexes were split 50:50, and 20.0% of the respondents were in their teens, 20.0% in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, and 20.0% in their fifties.
The most often used feature I hear about from fellow foreigners is sleeping! If you miss the last train, dossing down in a net cafe is a cheap option, it seems.
Q1: Have you ever used an internet cafe or a comic cafe? (Sample size=300)
Yes (to SQ) 49.3% No 48.0% Don’t know what they are 2.7%
Q1SQ1: What do you do when you use an internet cafe or a comic cafe? (Sample size=148, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage Internet, PC use (to SQ2) 111 75.0% Read manga 103 69.6% Eat, drink 50 33.8% Read non-manga books, magazines 46 31.1% Sleep 29 19.6% Watch DVDs, videos 24 16.2% Play console games 17 11.5% Have a shower 10 6.8% Other 8 5.4%
Q1SQ2: What do you do on computers in an internet cafe or a comic cafe? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage View sites 101 90.1% Send, receive mail 49 44.1% Read, write to bulletin boards 25 22.5% Play online game 24 21.6% Work 24 21.6% Update own blog, web site 22 19.8% Watch movies 21 18.9% Print out 17 15.3% SNS 14 12.6% Chat 6 5.4% Other 0 0.0%