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No. 63 Digital literacy, differences between age groups

Digital literacy: index value of total population and relative difference between youth (up to 24) and rest of population (age 25+)

Base: All respondents, weighted
Question: D1
Sources: SIBIS GPS 2002, SIBIS GPS-NAS 2003

The general pattern of digital literacy with high figures in the North and lower figures in southern parts of EU-15, and higher figures in EU-15 than in NAS-10 countries can be observed among the young as well as in the total population. However, there is reason to believe that differences in digital literacy will diminish in the future. This is because the relative differences between the COQS index scores among the youth and the rest of the population tend to be much higher in countries with a low general level of digital literacy, than among those with a high level. This indicates that digital literacy levels tend to equalise as a country’s use of the Internet develops.

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