73% of individuals aged 16–74 years used a smartphone in the first quarter of 2017. 56% of individuals who used the Internet in the last 12 months used spreadsheet software, e.g. Excel.
A smartphone is an indispensable device that allows us to be constantly reachable. At the same time it’s a camera, a clock, an alarm clock, a flashlight all in one device. The digital age didn’t bring us only new technologies, it also requires new skills. To what extent and for what purposes do individuals aged 16–74 years use smartphones and what kinds of e-skills do individuals who used the Internet in the period of 12 months have?
Almost three quarters of individuals use smartphones
In the first quarter of 2017, 97% of persons aged 16–74 years used mobile phones. There is no difference in usage between men and women. A review of the usage by age classes reveals that the usage is the lowest among persons aged 65–74 years (92 %).
A large majority of persons (73%) used smartphones and 24% used mobile phones with only basic functions, e.g. with the possibility of making calls or sending SMS messages. The use of smartphones predominated in all age classes with the exception of individuals aged 65–74 years, where 63% used mobile phones with only basic functions (for making calls or sending SMS messages) and 29% used smartphones.
From taking photos, browsing on the internet, listening to music to playing games
The majority (99%) of the smartphone users used it for sending or receiving SMS messages, 96% for taking photos (as a camera), 92% as a clock, 83% as an alarm clock and 82% as a calendar. 80% of smartphone users used it for browsing online.
53% of the users were listening to music or radio via smartphone or used maps or navigation and 26% for playing games on smartphone.
Computer and software skills of the individuals aged 16–74 years who used the Internet in the last 12 months
Two thirds of Internet users in the last 12 months transferred documents, pictures, files between computers or other devices
In the first quarter of 2017, 80% of individuals aged 16–74 years used the Internet in the last 12 months. 66% of those users transferred documents, pictures, files between computers or other devices, e.g. mobile phone, digital camera, etc., in the period of 12 months, 43% installed software or applications for smartphones or tablet computers, and 23% changed the settings of any software, including operational system or security programs.
Spreadsheet software used by more than a half of internet users in the last 12 months
71% of the Internet users in the last 12 months copied or moved files or folders in this period, 68% used word processing software, e.g. Word, Open Office, and 56% spreadsheet software, e.g. Excel. 40% used advanced functions to organise and analyse data, such as sorting, filtering, using formulas, creating charts, and 42% created presentations or documents where they integrated text, pictures, tables or charts.
5% of Internet users in the last 12 months wrote a code in programming language in this period (around 62,130 individuals).
More data for 2017 on the SI-STAT Data PortalMore detailed data on the usage of the Internet, the usage of e-government, online shopping, the usage of mobile phones, etc., for 2017 are available on the SI-STAT Data Portal.