Russians become frequent Web users

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Russians become frequent Web users
Published 10-07-2013, 19:56
According to WCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center) the majority of Russians are sure global net is a very useful tool of searching information. The number of people using the net daily has risen in comparison with previous year and now makes up 67%. The number of frequent Internet-users accounts for 41%. The most active category is young peoplebetween 18 and 24 years old (76%).

 

For the past decade people have realized that implementation of the global net opens incredible prospect for society:in 2002, for instance, only 24% of Russians thought of the Internet positively, at present their number has risen by 11%. This opinion is shared mostly by those who use the Internet daily (75%). Practically more often among the mostactive Web users are the respondents with higher education (64%) and Moscow dwellers (63%).

 

Those who argue about Internet’s profits (71%) think the Web is a great source of information which is available any time they need it.Twenty one percent of the respondents tend to think it is very convenient to communicate and get acquaintances via the Internet. Others suppose the Web may be used for online payments (7%), shopping, entertainment, work and education.

 

There are those, however, who see negative points in the global web development and its penetration to Russia (24%).People are sure there is quite a lot of "trash” on the Web (32%). There also those who suppose the Internet has bad influence on the young people, that it makes the youngsters stupid (26%) and unable to analyze information properly.

Moreover, Russians claim that with the implementation of the Net people have less "offline” communication (14%). Surfing the Internet consumes time and energy (13%) and worsens the vision (13%). Parents are worried becausetheir children are growing in the Internet era – thus,younger generation prefers online chattingto hide-and-seek. These negative features, on the other hand, seem to be insignificant if we compare them with the abilities the Web enables us with.
 
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