Survey on Internet in Russia
Russians like the Internet, but doubt it will replace traditional mass media - poll MOSCOW. Nov 12 (Interfax) - The percentage of citizens who know nothing about the Internet has shrunk by more than 50% in Russia over the past five years, the Yury Levada Analytical Center told Interfax. Only 14% of the 1,600 respondents polled recently confessed they had no idea of what the Internet was about, compared to 34% in 2001. But the percentage of respondents who remain in touch with the world through the Internet and learn the news from the web has grown from 4% to 17%, according to the poll. Managers have been the most active Internet users in the past 30 days (60%,) followed by school and university students (49%,) experts in various fields (32%,) the military and law enforcement (30%,) and business people (29%.) Men deal with the Internet 1.5 times more often then women, and young users 11 times more frequently than older citizens, sociologists have reported. Most of those, who are not familiar with the Internet are pensioners (45%,) people who have retired on pension due to a disability (23%,) women, and citizens over 55 years of age and with an incomplete general education (34%.) More than half of those surveyed (53%) said the Internet would not be able to replace traditional mass media. Thirty-four percent of respondents said this could happen and the rest were undecided.