85.7% of the population between 16 and 74 years of age in Catalonia regularly used the Internet in the past three months, an increase of 2.9 percentage points over the previous year, according to the 2017 Survey on ICT Equipment and Use in Households. 81.8% do so regularly, at least once a week, a figure situated 1.8 points above the Spanish mean.
Regarding purchases made on the Internet, 45.5% of people aged 16 to 74 have made purchases on the Internet in the three months prior to the survey being conducted. This figure represents an increase of 4.1 points with respect to 2016 (41.4%) and is 5.5 points above the Spanish average (40.0%). By age ranges, almost 2 out of 3 people aged 25 to 34 (64.2%) acquired goods or services online in this period, and in the 16 to 24 and 35 to 44 age groups more than half did so (54.2% and 54.5%, respectively).
The percentage of children between 10 and 15 years of age who have a mobile phone has increased by 3.8 points, going from 65.6% in 2016 to 69.4% this year.
Concerning household equipment, 81.2% own some sort of computer and 82.9% have broadband Internet access. More than half of the homes in Catalonia (54.0%) own a touch screen tablet.
Idescat offers detailed results of the survey for the whole of Catalonia, with information broken down by demographic and socio-economic characteristics. This statistic is published yearly and offers information on the main indicators of household ICT equipment and use by the Catalan population.