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Research: 83% of Hungarian internet users view being online a family program

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For some 83% of Hungarian internet users being online can now be a family program that may include social media usage, online shopping, listening to music, or watching movies, the latest research of eNET – Telekom entitled “Report on the Internet Economy” shows, an announcement issued today says.

The online research the company conducted during the summer of 2015 shows that telecommunications play a central role for 85% of adult Hungarian internet users in their families lives. More than half of the respondents said that the more telecommunication devices a family uses, the more informed they are.

Three quarters of the respondents think that internet makes it easier to get along in life, while two thirds of those asked agree that internet makes family life more convenient. However, the majority of  respondents consider the effect internet has on families as positive, most respondents, 62%, perceive both positive and negative impacts.

Although sending e-mails remains the most popular form of online communication within the family at 47%, phone calls or messaging via the internet are carried out almost as frequently, by 44% of the respondents. The use of conventional landline phones is losing some ground but is still as popular as social media when it comes to communication with family members, the research shows. For some 80% of internet users in Hungary, online communication is much cheaper than landline or mobile calls.

Two thirds of the respondents believe that the internet is indispensable for actively keeping in touch with relatives and friends; and conversely, the lack of Internet access renders that very difficult. Some 68% of the participants of the survey said they use internet to communicate with far-away relatives; more than half keep in touch with friends and acquaintances; and one fourth also with family members living in the same household, when they are not physically together. Only 6% claimed not to communicate with either family members or friends in this manner.

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