Number of Slovak pensioners on social media doubled in four years

Only six percent of pensioners in Slovakia were social media users in 2014.

60 percent of Slovaks were social media users in 2018.60 percent of Slovaks were social media users in 2018. (Source: TASR)

Social media platforms have already become part of Slovaks' daily life. While half of them were social media users in 2014, 60 percent were active on social media four years later, the EU's statistical office (Eurostat) reported.

In addition, the figure is markedly higher when it comes to young Slovaks, ages 16 to 24, of whom 93 percent used social media last year.

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This may be the result of better access to the internet and subsequent digital literacy.

Pensioners on social media

“80 percent of households have internet connection in Slovakia,” said analyst Lenka Buchláková of the Slovenská sporiteľňa bank, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Ten years ago, the number was lower by 22 percent. Households in central Slovakia still have the fewest internet connections unlike western Slovakia, where the situation is the opposite.

Slovak pensioners are discovering social media as well. Only 6 percent used social media in 2014, but the number rose to 12 percent in the past year.

Situation in the EU

As far as the EU goes, 56 percent of Europeans, ages 16 to 74, used social media in 2018. The latest figures show that Europeans are keener to use social media. To compare, only 38 percent used it in 2011.

Danes (79 percent), Belgians (73 percent), Swedes and Brits (70 percent) were the most active users of social media, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, in the past year. French, Italians and Slovenians found themselves at the other end.

The Eurostat also said that every ninth young person out of ten has an account on one of the social media platforms.

At the same time, 19 percent of pensioners in the EU have discovered social media, also a rising figure.

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