More older people active online

29/12/2011 15:00

Internet use among the older generation in the Netherlands has increased dramatically in recent years. Older people are catching up on younger generations. Together with Luxembourg and various Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands is among the EU countries with the highest proportion of older Internet users.       

Internet use among older people dramatically up in recent years

Six in every ten 65 to 75-year-olds were active on the Internet in 2011, nearly twice as many as in 2005, when the ratio was more than three in ten. The gap between older and younger internet users is rapidly narrowing. Total internet use in the Netherlands has grown from approximately 80 percent in 2005 to over 90 percent in 2011.

Internet use by age

Internet use by age

Online banking and reading newspapers more popular among older generations

Older people use the Internet predominantly email correspondence and web surfing for information on goods and services. In recent years, online banking and reading/downloading newspapers or news letters has increased most rapidly. The number of people in the 65-75 age bracket active online has increased by about 20 percentage points between 2005 and 2011.  

Internet activities 65 to 75-year-olds

Internet activities 65 to 75-year-olds

Internet use in the Netherlands among the highest in Europe

Together with Luxembourg, Sweden and Denmark, the Netherlands has the highest number of Internet users within the EU, both in the entire population and among older people. The difference between older-generation Internet users and the total number of Internet users is nowhere smaller than in these countries. 

Internet use 65 to 75-year-olds and totals in various EU countries, 2010

Internet use 65 to 75-year-olds and totals in various EU countries, 2010

Math Akkermans