Statistics Netherlands collects data regarding ICT use by households and individuals. The questionnaire includes questions on the following activities: (more than one answer is possible)
- Posting messages on a chat site, newsgroup or online discussion forum,
- Instant messaging, i.e. direct exchange of text messages with others,
- Reading weblogs or blogs
- Maintaining one’s own weblog or blog
All these activities are covered by the term “social networking”. The user of a social network must provide various personal data (the so-called profile). The website links the users, so that people who share the same interests can communicate. Some examples of social networks are: Hyves, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube.
To improve comparability between countries within the EU, the sample survey among 12 to 75-year-olds was reduced to 16 to 75-year-olds.