Internet use steadily on the rise in Greece

Greek men aged 16-24, with higher-level education and living in large cities, are the most dynamic users of the Internet in the country, a survey by the Observatory of Information Society showed on Thursday. The report also showed that fixed-telephony has consolidated at around 85 pct, while mobile-telephony showed signs of saturation with 95 pct of Greeks, aged 16-74, owning a mobile telephone.
The Internet is steadily gaining access in Greek households, having covered around 50 pct of the Greek population already. A 46 pct of Greek households said they had an Internet connection, while 41 pct said they had broadband connection.

In 2010, one in two Greeks said they used a computer, while 44 pct said they had used the Internet and 25 pct said they had used 3G services through mobile telephony networks.

The number of Greeks using the Internet was up 7.9 pct in 2010 compared with 2009 and 24 pct higher compared with 2008, although the distance from European average rates remained steady at 20-25 percentage points.
The survey also noted a significant increase in the use of social media (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Hi5, MySpace, etc). The percentage of Greeks using social media was 36 pct in the fourth quarter of 2010, sharply up from 14 pct in the first quarter of 2009 and only 2.0 pct in the first quarter of 2008.

Eurostat figures recently showed that Attica accounted for the highest percentage rate of Greek households with Internet connection (57 pct), while northern and central Greece recorded the lowest rates (37 pct and 38 pct, respectively).

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