Europe is becoming more computerised and Internet access is spreading among households cross the European Union. • The majority of European households (57%; +3 points) have a computer and nearly half of the household population now has access to the Internet (49%; +7). • The level of overall Internet access (i.e. narrowband, broadband) has increased in all EU countries over one year. This trend is most pronounced in Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Cyprus. (Source: Special Eurobarometer 293, 2008)
Respondents below 40 were more likely than their older counterparts to have sent or received e-mail and/or IM, to have used a search engine and to have kept up with news online . For example, 96% of the 15-24 year-olds and 95% of the 25-39 year-olds had sent or received e-mail or IM compared to 90% of the 40-54 year-olds and 88% of the over 54 year-olds.
The younger the respondents , the more likely they were to have played, downloaded, transferred or uploaded specific files, such as films, music or photos, to have been active on a social networking site and to have followed an online course . For example, while three-quarters of the 15-24 year-olds had played or downloaded games, images, films, music or software , this proportion decreased to 26% of the over 54 year-olds.
The 25-54 year-olds, on the other hand, were the ones to have most frequently bought something online, filled out or sent an electronic form to public administrations, used online banking or used the Internet for their daily work. For example, 71% of the 25-39 year-olds and 60% of the 40-54 year-olds had bought products and/or services over the Internet compared to 55% of the 15-24 year-olds and 49% of the over 54 year-olds