NEWS

Youngsters most at home online

While young Greeks feel comfortable with the Internet, the 40-plus generation do not. A recent survey by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society shows that 93 percent of Greeks aged 10-15 use computers, compared with 39 percent of the overall population. Nine out of 10 children use computers at least once a week and 50 percent of them almost every day; 73 percent go online at least once a week, compared with 30 percent of the total population, and 36 percent go online every day. Home is where most children use computers (90 percent) and have Internet access (77 percent), followed by school and Internet cafes. They go online to play, download games and photographs, seek information for their homework and send e-mails. Only 36 percent belong to social networking sites such as Facebook. In contrast, despite an increase since 2005, Internet usage by Greeks in the 35-44 and 45-54 age groups is far below the European average. Only 53 percent of Greeks aged 35-44 and 33 percent aged 45-54 use computers, compared with the EU-15 average of 79 and 71 percent respectively. Likewise, only 39 percent of Greeks aged 35-44 use the Internet (against an EU-15 average of 70 percent) and 22 percent aged 45-54 (EU-15 average of 62 percent). Computer use among young Greeks is just 4 percent behind the EU-27 average, though older Greeks are much further behind, with those aged 45-54 lagging by 32 percent. And only one in four Greeks aged 45-54 uses the Internet, compared with around one in two of their EU-27 counterparts.