Internet penetration is on in Russia; more Russians say they are not able to live without the Internet.
MOSCOW, May 6, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the findings of a study describing the specifics of the Internet use in Russia.
Today the share of Russians using the Internet is rather high (84%). Among them 68% surf the global network on a daily basis; 13% go online several times a week or a month and 2% do it rarely. The most active users are respondents aged 18-24 (99% of daily users), persons who have higher education diploma (78%), who have high income (73%), residents of Moscow and St Petersburg and million cities (78%, each). Sixteen percent of respondents do not use any online resources.
Half of users will not be panicked is the Internet hypothetically disappears: 24% say that nothing in their life will change; 27% say that the impact will be small. However, it would be a very hard challenge for 48% of respondents (this share has dramatically increased since 2017 (32%)). Thirty-seven percent of respondents admit that their life will considerably change but they will be able to cope with that; 11% say that they cannot imagine their daily activities without the Internet (40% and 26% among the 18-24-year-olds, respectively; 43% and 26% among Muscovites and Petersburgians, respectively).
VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on April 18, 2019. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.
|Do you use the Internet; if yes, how often? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|Total respondents||Aged 18-24||Aged 25-34||Aged 35-44||Aged 45-59||Aged 60 and more||Incomplete secondary education||Secondary education||Specialized secondary education||Incomplete higher education|
|More than 4 hours daily||27||74||40||34||18||7||25||22||21||33|
|Daily; less than 4 hours||42||25||50||49||50||31||26||34||46||45|
|Several times a week||9||1||5||11||12||11||4||10||10||8|
|Several times a month||4||0||2||1||3||8||2||4||5||2|
|From time to time but at least once every six months||2||0||0||1||2||3||3||1||2||2|
|If the Internet disappears tomorrow, how much will it affect you ordinary life? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of those who use the Internet)|
|It will completely change my life; I do not know if I will be able to do my daily activities without the Internet||5||8||11|
|It will considerably change my life but I will be able to adapt to it||27||39||37|
|It will not change much in my life||31||30||27|
|It will not change anything in my life||36||22||24|
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