Low educated people more social online then highly educated

Low educated people spend more time online than highly educated people in the Netherlands.

Dutch researchers speak of a social revolution on the internet, according to a study of Internet usage in 2010 from the University of Twente, which is presented Thursday.

Dutch with a lower education spend on average three hours and four minutes per day on the Internet. That is almost a half hour longer than highly educated, according to the survey.

Furthermore, the researchers conclude that especially low educated people use more time-consuming applications like online chatting, online gaming and watching movies on YouTube. Dutch with a college or university degree use the Internet primarily as an information source.

The difference in Internet usage between men and women has almost disappeared in 2010. The researchers attributed it to the influence of social media like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

On average men spend 3 hours and 18 minutes daily on the Internet. For women, two hours and 54 minutes on average.

The World Wide Web is still mainly used as an information medium, but (social) communication, recreation, entertainment and online banking making advances.

The top ten most common Internet applications are e-mail (96 percent), followed by online search (93 percent) and online banking (76 percent).

News services by 62 percent of Internet users found online, 61 percent use the Web mainly for “free surfing. Newspapers and broadcasters consult is 56 percent, social networking, 43 percent and 30 percent use the Internet for buying and selling through Marketplace. The top ten is completed by searching products (29 percent) and online gaming (26 percent).

Meanwhile, almost all Dutch citizens (93 percent) have Internet access at home. This make the Netherlands, together with Iceland, on top in Europe.

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