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Online Germans Multiply as Women and Over-45s Take to the Web

News, 11 March 2002

The number of Germans accessing the web jumped by six million to 31m in 2001, increasing the nation's internet penetration from 38.9% of all adults in 2000 to 48%, according to Internet User Monitor research from NFO Infratest.

Penetration was highest among 14 to 17-year-olds, nearly 80% of whom accessed the web last year, up from around 60% the previous year. Next came the 18–24 range, some 75% of which surfed the net last year.

In addition, internet penetration surged among women (up 29% on the previous year), and also in older age groups, with a 32% jump in the 45–54 range and a 42% leap among over-55s.

There was less fluctuation in the education and income backgrounds of web users: well-educated and wealthy Germans retained a dominance over the online population out of proportion with their offline numbers.

Data sourced from: Daily Research News Online; additional content by WARC staff