number of Dutch elderly people who do not use the internet halves

Jan

4

2019

in six years
number of Dutch elderly people who never came online has been halved in the past six years, according to figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics. In 2012, 66 percent was never online, now that’s 32 percent.

There are still many more elderly people than young people who never come online, says Statistics Netherlands . About half of the people who never come online, according to the statistics agency, are over 75 years old. In total, 6 percent of the population, where 10 percent of the population never came online six years ago.

The use of Internet among the elderly is growing strongly, as the figures show. For example, 45 percent of older people now use the internet every day, where that was 15 percent six years ago; a tripling. Older people mainly use the smartphone to go online; where 4.8 percent used a smartphone six years ago, that is now 45 percent . This is followed by laptop and desktop as ways to go online, while the least elderly people use a tablet for internet use.

The figures come from ‘ICT use of households and people 2018’, an annual survey by Statistics Netherlands of 4500 people. For this research, CBS will bring potential test persons from the Municipal Basic Administration, after which researchers approach them by telephone.

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