Interestingly, that makes Latvians more likely to use social networks than Estonians (65%) and Lithuanians (61%).
In the EU, 57% of people aged 16-74 participated in social networks in 2020 in the last 3 months prior to the survey, up by 3 percentage points compared with 2019. The EU’s social network participation rate has steadily increased since the beginning of the data collection (36% in 2011).
Social network participation includes activities such as creating a user profile, posting messages or other contributions to social networks.
Among EU Member States, the social network participation rate was highest in Denmark (85%), ahead of Belgium (79%; low reliability), Cyprus (78%), Finland (75%) and Hungary (74%).
Among younger people in the EU aged 16 to 24 years, almost 9 in every 10 participated in social networks (87%). This share ranged from 79% in Italy to 97% in Denmark.
Among older people aged 65 to 74 years, over a fifth (22%) participated in social networks. This share ranged from 10% in Croatia to 60% in Denmark.
The data are based on the annual survey on use of ICT in households and by individuals; the full data from the survey is available here. Further methodological information related to the survey can be found here. The results above refer to individuals’ experiences during the 3 months prior to the survey, i.e. the first quarter of 2020. Hence, the reference period refers mainly to the situation before the COVID-19 pandemic started.