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 2.3 percentage points over the previous year, according to the 2018 Survey on ICT Equipment and Use in Households. 85.1% do so regularly, at least once a week, a figure representing an increase of 3.3 percentage points in comparison to the previous year.
Regarding purchases made on the Internet, 49.3% 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 3.8 points with respect to 2017 (45.5%). By age ranges, more than a 60% of people of the younger age groups acquired goods or services online in this period: a 62.2% of the people aged 16 to 24, a 61.4% aged 25 to 34 and a 60% in the 35 to 44 age group.
The percentage of children between 10 and 15 years of age who have a mobile phone has increased by 2.4 points, going from 69.4% in 2017 to 71.8% this year.
Concerning household equipment, 82.2% own some sort of computer and 87.2% have broadband Internet access. A 55,9% of the homes in Catalonia own a touch screen tablet, a figure representing a 1.9 point increase with respect to the year 2017 (54%).
The Survey on ICT Equipment and Use in Households provides information on the main indicators of household ICT equipment and use by the Catalan population.
The primary source of information is the Survey on ICT Equipment and Use in Households, an annual sample survey conducted by the INE and Idescat by means of a partnership agreement. Idescat offers detailed results of the survey for the whole of Catalonia, with information broken down by demographic and socio-economic characteristics.