According to a survey by TNS infratest, 76.5 percent of people currently use the internet, which is 0.9 percentage points more than a year ago. The proportion of "onliners" has thus more than doubled since the start of the "(N)onliner-atlas" in 2001, as the figures presented on monday in berlin by the initiative D21 show.
At the same time, the 20 percent or more of the population who are not yet on the internet will hardly go online in future either.
"It will probably be hard to crack this one," said robert wieland, managing director of TNS infratest and vice president of the D21 initiative, which publishes the atlas. These are often older people who do not use the internet for professional purposes or who are very concerned about their personal data.
D21 also presented a new indicator for digitalization in germany. It should reflect how often and securely people use the net.
For the digital index, more than 3,800 participants were asked by telephone whether they go online with a computer or smartphone, which services they use and whether they know terms such as trojan or cloud. TNS calculates a value between 0 and 100. Germany is in the middle with 51.2 points.
The survey showed that many people made little use of computers. "For very many germans, digital use is limited to three components: google, word and e-mail," said wieland. "The complexity of the internet is often not recognized."
TNS considers the new indicator to be more meaningful. "The index is actually the more important number," said malthe wolf, project manager at TNS. "What’s the point if you have 100 percent drivers, but no one knows the traffic rules??"
There are some differences between the federal states: while hamburg, berlin and bremen are in first place for pure internet use, north rhine-westphalia comes in first for the digitalization index, ahead of bremen and schleswig-holstein. However, the eastern german states are at the bottom of both rankings.