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Germany: Five of six teenagers are active user of the Internet

  • Short messaging services more popular than eMails
  • Every second user gives private information
Berlin, 18th of February 2008 - The Internet is a permanent feature in the daily life of young people. Five of six teens (83%) goes online every day or several times a week. The president of BITKOM, Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer, announced "In matters of online issues, the young generation is leading."
Clear is, that young girls use the web basically to communicate with friends and for assistance with school matters, while young boys use the Internet more often for entertainment like music, videos or news.br>
The most popular appliance are instant messaging. With 72% instant messaging is more important than eMails with 60%. Every second teen listens to music on the Internet, 40% doing research regarding themes, they are interested in.
The interactive online offers become more important. Four out of ten teens and young persons have a profile at a social community. Altogether, every second user deposits private data online.

Please read the German press release of the BITKOM here.

Available on the website since February 18, 2008