People in Germany are increasingly online with their smartphones


Smartphone users are spending more and more time online, according to a new study. While a year ago the average was 18.8 hours a week, it is now 20.2 hours.

People in Germany are more and more online with their mobile phones. During the week, they spend an average of 20.2 hours per week on the internet with their smartphone. This is the result of a representative study by Postbank.

The online time on the mobile phone increased by almost 7.5 percent compared to the previous year. At that time, the value was still 18.8 hours per week. The length of use depends heavily on the age of the respondents: the younger, the more intensive the mobile Internet use: The under 40-year-olds are online with their smartphone for an average of 31.8 hours per week, almost four percent longer than in the previous year (30.6 hours ).

Young people are almost entirely online with their smartphones. Postbank’s digital study shows that 92 percent of 18 to 39-year-olds use a mobile phone to surf the web, compared to 88 percent a year ago. For those over 40, the figure is 80 percent. For many people, the smartphone has replaced the conventional personal computer as the access device to the Internet. Nevertheless, the survey recorded a mini-comeback of the PC here – among the younger generation of all people. According to this, 53 percent of those under 40 surf with a desktop PC, compared to 50 percent a year ago.

Usage figures for other device classes are falling

With the smartphone boom, the usage figures for other device classes are falling: 69 percent are online with a laptop, in 2020 it was 71 percent. Over the same period, desktop PC usage fell from 58 to 52 percent and tablet usage from 47 to 45 percent. Access to the Internet with a connected smart TV has increased by six percentage points to 43 percent since 2020.

Across all generations and technical device classes, internet use remains at a high level in the second year of Corona: people in Germany are online for an average of 65.2 hours a week. A year ago, the value was similarly high at 65.1 hours. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, however, the time was significantly shorter at 56.4 hours.

“During the Corona crisis, many Germans switched their professional and social contacts to the Internet,” said Thomas Brosch, Head of Digital Sales at Postbank. “And even though the offices will be populated again and friends’ meetings will take place in the restaurant, a large proportion of communication will continue to take place via digital channels.”


Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.

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