Press release №2172


  • 84% of Russians use the Internet with varying degrees
  • 11% of users cannot imagine their life without the Internet

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
Never 16 0 3 4 15 40 40 29 16 10


If the Internet disappears tomorrow, how much will it affect you ordinary life? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of those who use the Internet)
  2017 2018 2019
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
Don’t know 1 1 1

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