It was “…carried out by TNS Opinion & Social network in the then 27 Member States of the European Union and in Croatia between 26 April and 14 May 2013. Some 26,563 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home in their mother tongue.”
I suppose the initial difficulty is defining what is cultural and then cross referencing this definition with care and knowledge to internet usage.
- 43% of us use the internet for cultural purposes at least once a month which compares with 40% for the EU as a whole
- 7% of us don’t have internet access v’s 14% for the EU as a whole
|What do you use the internet for in terms of cultural purposes?||
|Reading newspaper articles online||53%||53%|
|Searching for information on cultural products or events||39%||44%|
|Listening to radio or music||41%||42%|
|Watching streamed or on demand movies or TV programmes||33%||27%|
|Buying cultural products, such as books CD’s or theatre tickets||30%||27%|
|Playing computer games, interative or not||25%||24%|
|Visiting museum library or other specialist websites to improve your knowledge||22%||24%|
|Downloading movies radio programmes (podcasts) or TV programmes||25%||22%|
|Reading or looking at cultural blogs||22%||21%|
|Putting your own cultural content online, eg a social network or sharing site||13%||11%|
|Creating your own website or blog with cultural content||9%||7%|
|Source: European Commisssion, Cultural access and participation 2013|
Moving on to what we actually use the internet for when in cultural mode we’ve tabulated their findings for you. Interesting to see that in the 12 real options the word cultural appears 4 times and “… to improve your knowledge” once!
We wonder whether there’s a whole new sector out there within the internet where one “appreciates” rather than “likes” and “supercedes” rather than follows!
For the avoidance of all doubt we would not classify this as a “cultural blog”!
Summary of the EU survey (pdf)