According to a report by ELSTAT, the upward tendency of recent years continues, both in the use of computer and Internet access in Greece. In the 1st quarter of 2011, the percentage of individuals who used PCs reached 54.3% and the percentage of individuals who accessed the Internet 51.7%.
In the last five years (2007-2011) an increase was recorded in PC use, by 35.1%, and Internet access, by 54.8%. The average annual growth rate for the same period is 7.9% for computer use and 11.6% for Internet access.
Longitudinally, growth rates were decreasing until 2010, while in 2011 an opposite trend is recorded
Demographic factors, namely gender, age and education influence internet users. Results showed that males engage more in internet activities (52.4%) than females (47.6%). When looking at age groups, age group 25-34 years old is the largest comprising 29.8% of total internet users, while age group 45-54 comprises 15.7% and age group 55-74 7.1%. Regarding formal education, users of medium educational level (upper secondary education, vocational training institutes) are the most numerous with 45.6% while users of low educational level (no formal education completed, primary or lower secondary education) are less with 12.5%.
Concerning the educational level, only 2 out of 10 individuals of low educational level accessed the internet in the A’ quarter of 2011, while the respective ratios for individuals with medium and high educational level are 6 out of 10 and 8 out of 10, respectively.
The indicator of internet regular users was included in the set of key performance targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe. In the first quarter of 2011, 72.0% of the respondents who used the internet did so on a daily basis, which is slightly higher than the percentage for 2010, while 91.8% made regular use -at least once a week- but not every day.
Main place of internet access remains the home with 87.7%. Increase by 10.4%, compared to 2010, has been recorded in access from other places, with internet cafes still in the first place with 61.9%, therefore recording a large decrease (by 21%, approximately).
According to the survey results, internet access, away from home or work, via mobile devices –mobile or smart phone, laptop, notebook, netbook or tablet computer/i-pad or other mobile device like palmtop, PDA, etc.– continued to increase (increasing by 74.8%), while at the same time, the percentage of users accessing the internet via non-mobile devices continued to decline (decreasing by approximately 13% in comparison with 2010).
46.4% of the users, who access the internet away from home or work via mobile or smart phone, use public Wifi and WiMax networks for wireless internet access. The corresponding percentage for individuals accessing the internet away from home or work from portable computer reaches 62.3%.
Compared with 2010, a significant increase is observed in the percentages of individuals making ubiquitous internet access, away from home or work: Via mobile phone (increase by 48,6%), either mobile phone GPRS, 3G, 3G+ or smart phone and via portable computer (increase by 157,9%) including laptops, notebooks, netbooks or tablet computers /i-pad.