2ch usage patterns


Media Interactive recently conducted a survey amongst 2ch (2 channel) users to find out more about their usage patterns. The highlights of the survey were reported on by japan.internet.com.


Between the 20th and 22nd of January 2010 exactly 1,000 people who had used 2ch were selected by some unspecified methodology. 53.4% of the sample were male, 0.8% in their teens, 19.4% in their twenties, 36.7% in their forties, 11.6% in their fifties, and 3.9% in their sixties.

The sample demographics seems like a very typical demographic for online survey companies, so it’s difficult to say if the demographic reflects 2ch users or reflects Media Interactive’s monitor panel.

The stand-out figure for me is how few use 2ch on the move; the notebook figure perhaps reflects the lack of public WiFi and the lack of penetration of wireless dongles, and the mobile phone figure is perhaps due to the fact that most mobile browsers are pretty terrible, and to use a “full browser” (mobile Opera and the like) requires a separate more expensive plan.

I wonder if there’s a business opportunity for someone to write a 2ch reader for Android or the iPhone?

Research results

Q1: From where do you access 2ch? (Sample size=1,000, multiple answer)

From home96.4%
From work13.6%
From net cafe6.2%
From mobile phone when outside5.9%
From notebook computer when outside1.7%

Q2: About how often do you use 2ch? (Sample size=1,000)

Every day12.8%
Two or three times a wek12.8%
Once a week13.0%
Once a fortnight8.7%
Once a month13.5%
Once every six months8.3%
Once a year2.7%
Less than that6.8%
No regular schedule21.3%

Furthermore, 15.7% said they had posted to 2ch, but without knowing the posting frequency it’s difficult to judge that figure.

Q3: What special browser software do you use to access 2ch? (Sample size=1,000, multiple answer)

2ch Browser3.7%
A Bone0.8%

Other software included BathyScaphe and the iPhone app BB2C.

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  1. shimapan said,
    February 11, 2010 @ 12:33

    There are 2ch browsers for mobile… they are not very used.

    The most popular is BB2C, and 2tch and now mona also see some use.

    There is a 2ch browser for KCP(+) called w2ch.

    There is also a imode version available, linked from the 2ch.net mainpage.

  2. Pixelmatsch said,
    February 12, 2010 @ 00:20

    I can access five different 2ch browsers from the Market here in Germany. (There may be more accessible in Japan.) There’s even a sixth one that tries to translate 2ch into English using Google. Also, all of them are free.

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