July 29, 2021

70% of children between 10 and 15 years of age have a mobile phone – La Provincia


69.8% of Spanish minors between 10 and 15 years old have a mobile phone, and91.3% use a computer regularly, according to the data of the last Survey on Equipment and Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Homes carried out by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

In addition, among this population sectorthe use of the internet is 92.8%, which becomes almost universal among those under 15 years of age, with 98.7%. The disposition of the mobile telephone among young Spaniards of this age also increases until it reaches 94.8%.

The survey carried out by the INE highlights that86.1% of the Spanish population aged between 16 and 74 has used the Internet in the last three months, which is an increase of 1.1 points compared to last year. In addition, 72.1% do so on a daily basis.

On the equipment of Spanish homes,99.1% have a television, 98% have a mobile phone, 75.8% have a landline, 79.5% have a computer, and 54.5% have a tablet.In addition, 24% have an e-book reader.

The implantation of the mobile telephone continues in ascent, and rises 0.6 points with respect to 2017, unlike what happens withthe landline, which drops 1.8 points. 74.2% have both types of terminals. 1.6% of homes only have landlines, while 23.9% (21.9% in 2017) exclusively use the mobile phone to communicate from home.

Internet access

86.4% of Spanish households have Internet access, compared to 83.4% the previous year. Of these, almost all (99.9%, 14.1 million households) have access to broadband internet.

The main type of broadband connection is through a mobile phone, present in 83.6% of households with access. It is followed by fiber optics (with 57.2% of households) and the ADSL line (with 35.0%). On the other hand,consolidates the fiber relay in fixed broadband connections, (increases 7.9 points) compared to ADSL(decreases 6.7 points).

The number of people who have used the internet in the last three months reaches almost 30 million in Spain. This supposes 86.1% of the population from 16 to 74 years, 1.5 points more than in 2017.

Frequent internet users also increase. 82.5% connect at least once a week (compared to 80.0% in 2017) and 72.1% daily (compared to 69.0% in 2017).

The majority of Internet users(93.5%) has used some type of mobile device to access the Internet outside of their usual residence or place of work. 92.6% by mobile phone, 25.3% by laptop and 18.8% by tablet.

The most activities carried out in the last three monthsare looking for information about goods and services(by 84.0% of Internet users), receive or send email (80.2%) and watch content from videos of sites to share (75.8%), according to the INE survey data.

Electronic commerce

43.5% of the population aged 16 to 74 has bought online in the last three months, compared to 40% in 2017. In addition,18.5 million people (53.3%) have carried out electronic commerce operations in the last 12 months.

The most purchased products and services in these last 12 months are holiday accommodation (for 54.7%), sports equipment, clothing (56.5%) and tickets for shows (48.1%). All these percentages are greater than those registered in 2017.

Also increases in 2018 the number of purchases of e-commerce users and the money spent in the last three months. Thus, the average number stands at 4.2 purchases (0.2 more than in 2017) and the average expenditure at 259.6 euros (9.6 more than in the previous year).

Of the total Internet users in the last 12 months,27.6% have used web pages or 'apps' to agree with another particular accommodation. People aged 25 to 34 are the largest users of collaborative economy. 38.2% of Internet users in this age group are users of the accommodation services and the
22.5% of transportation services.

Electronic administration

65.4% of Internet users have contacted or interacted with public administrations or servicesthrough the internet in the last 12 months for particular reasons. This percentage is equivalent to 56.7% of the total population aged 16 to 74 years (4.4 points more than in 2017). By age, citizens from 25 to 54 years of age interact more than the average.

By way of interaction, 56.6% of Internet users claim to have obtained information from the web pages of the Administration, 44.5% have downloaded official forms and 47.2% have sent completed forms (includes submitting statements of the rent or other taxes Or request medical appointments).

On the other hand, 15.2% of Internet users declare having had the need to submit a form but finally did not send it. Among the causes, more than half (51.4%) stated that they were processed online by another person on their behalf -manager or acquaintances-, 27.8% due to lack of skills or knowledgeand 23.1% for not having or having problems of signature or electronic certificate.

The use of 'tics'

The use of the internet and online purchases increase in all age groups compared to 2017. The use of the network in the last three months is practically universal (98.5%) in young people
from 16 to 24 years old. From that age group gradually decreases with increasing age.

From 55 years of age it decreases to 76.1%, reaching the minimum in the age group of 65 to 74 years (49.1%). The same situation occurs in the frequent use of the internet (at least once a week).

Regarding online purchases, the highest share is in the age group of 25 to 34 years(Six out of 10 people of that age have bought in the last three months). After 45 years, the indicator goes down as age increases, to 12.0% in people aged 65 to 74 years.

Regarding the degree of confidence,32% of Internet users declare that they trust the internet little or nothing,59.7% quite and the remaining 8.3%, shows a lot of confidence. By age group, it can be seen that the younger the age, the less the internet is trusted.

The difference between men and women in the use of the internet continues to decrease. In 2018 it is reduced to 1.0 points both in the use of the internet in the last three months, and in frequent use (at least once a week).It also lowers the difference between men and women in purchases over the internet in the last three months. It stands at 2.3 points, compared to 4.9 points in 2017.

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