In the first quarter of 2017, 79% of persons aged 16–74 used the Internet; 4% used in the period of 12 months the services of collaborative economy – arranged transport from another private individual via a website.
Lower Internet usage among the older generation
In the first quarter of 2017, 79% of persons aged 16–74 years used the Internet (regular Internet users) (75% in 2016). 68% used the Internet every day or almost every day (64% in 2016). 18% of persons aged 16–74 years never used the Internet.
Internet usage remains the lowest among the older generation; however, its usage is increasing. The Internet was regularly used by 83% of persons aged 45–54 years (78% in 2016), 56% of persons aged 55–64 years (52% in 2016) and 39% of persons aged 65–74 years (29% in 2016). Most persons who never used the Internet were among 65–74-year-olds (57%) (65% in 2016).
Search for information and communication via the Internet
The Internet is most often used for searching information and for communication. In the first quarter of 2017, 69% of persons aged 16–74 years searched information about goods or services via the Internet, 61% read online news, newspapers or magazines, 46% participated in social networks, e.g. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or in professional networks, e.g. LinkedIn (45% in social and 7% in professional networks), 39% used Internet banking, 37% telephoned or conducted video calls via webcam over the Internet and 26% used storage space on the Internet to save private documents, e.g. pictures, music, video or other files (in the cloud).
Among the older generation 36% of 65–74-year-olds used the Internet for searching information about goods or services over the Internet, 28% read online news, newspapers or magazines, 13% telephoned or conducted video calls via the webcam over the Internet and 10% participated in social networks. Internet banking was used by 14% of 65–74-year-olds and storage space on the Internet by 7%.
The Internet enabled the development of Internet platforms (virtual marketplaces), where private persons can among others sell goods or provide services, arrange a car ride and thus share their costs of transport, etc. This is so-called collaborative economy.
In the first quarter of 2017, 4% or around 62,340 persons aged 16–74 years stated that they arranged transport from another private individual in the previous 12 months. 3% arranged transport service via intermediary website or application dedicated to arranging transport services, e.g. prevoz.org, and 1% via other website or application or social network, e.g. Facebook.
Transport service from another private individual was most often arranged by persons aged 16–24 years (12%), followed by 25–34 (9%) and 35–44-year-olds (3%).
21% of private persons aged 16–74 years sold goods or provided services via the Internet in the first quarter of 2017, e.g. via bolha.com, e-bay.com.
The equipment of households with mobile devices and with Internet access is increasing
In the first quarter of 2017, 80% of households had a computer (78% in 2015). 63% of households had a portable computer (60% in 2015), 44% a desktop (46% in 2015) and 29% a tablet computer (24% in 2015). 82% of households in Slovenija had access to the Internet (78% in 2016); 84% in Zahodna Slovenija (80% in 2016) and 80% in Vzhodna Slovenija (77% in 2016).
Presence of children influences the equipment of households with a computer or the access to the Internet. Almost all households with children had a computer (97%), half of them a tablet computer, and 98% had access to the Internet. 73% of households without children were equipped with a computer, 21% with a tablet computer, and 75% had access to the Internet.
Households with children and without access to the Internet (2%) stated as a reason most often that they have access to the Internet elsewhere (33%). Households without children, where a quarter was without access to the Internet, stated as a reason most often that they don’t need the Internet (66%) and 25% stated that they lack the necessary skill for its usage.
The survey was partly funded in the framework of the technical support activities (studies, evaluations and other bases, analysis, strategic programming documents) under the Operational Program for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the period 2014–2020 for the goal of investments in growth and jobs, which is co-funded by the European Union Cohesion Fund and the Republic of Slovenia.