Internet use ubiquitous among under-35s

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Over 85% of Maltese people aged between 16 and 74 used the internet last year, including practically everyone aged under 35, according to figures released by the National Statistics Office.

A survey on information and communication usage part-financed by the European Commission showed that as might be expected, older people were less likely to use the internet.

While 99.4% of under-25s used the internet, those aged 25-34 lagged only slightly behind at 98.9%, followed by those aged 35-44 at 96.5%. The drop in usage becomes more pronounced in older age groups, with 89.9% of people aged 45-54 and 75.8% of those aged 55-64 having accessed the internet.

However, less than half of those aged 65 and 74 – 46.2% to be exact – had used the internet in 2019.

The survey shows that the vast majority of internet users (95.8%) accessed the internet on a daily or near-daily basis.

Nearly all internet users used the internet to communicate with others (97.1%) and to access information (94.3%). A majority (72.3%) also said that they used the internet for entertainment.

Just over two-thirds (67.3%) engaged in e-commerce; clothing and travel arrangement proved to be the most popular options.

Five-sixths of internet users (83.3%) accessed the internet through their mobile or smartphone.