Usage of chats and instant messengers on the internet in Germany 2016, by frequency

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the frequency of chatting and instant messaging (e.g. via Skype or Facebook Messenger) on the internet in Germany from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, there were about 16.53 million internet users among the German-speaking population aged 14 years and older, who used chats or instant messengers frequently or on a regular basis. By 2016 this figure had decreased to 15.12 million.

Number of internet users who used chats and instant messaging (e.g. Skype or Facebook Messenger) in Germany from 2014 to 2016, by usage frequency

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Source

Release date

October 2016

Region

Germany

Survey time period

2014 to 2016

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking internet users

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on base:
German-speaking population age 14 and over in private households, at main residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Information on random sample:
2014: 8,156 respondents, projected to a population of 70.52 million
2015: 7,009 respondents, projected to a population of 69.24 million
2016: 7,026 respondents, projected to a population of 69.56 million

Information on target group "German-speaking internet users":
2014: projected to 53.54 million people
2015: projected to 54.16 million people
2016: projected to 55.81 million people

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "On these cards you can see options on how one can be active on the internet, what one can do on the internet. Please arrange the cards on the sheet in front of you, depending on how often you use the internet for: conversations with other users (chatting), e.g. via Skype or Facebook Messenger etc."
(original German question:"Hier auf den Karten steht Verschiedenes, wie man selbst im Internet aktiv werden kann, was man dort machen kann. Bitte verteilen Sie die Karten entsprechend auf das Blatt, je nachdem, wie häufig Sie das im Internet machen: Unterhaltung mit anderen Nutzern (Chatten) z.B. über Skype oder Facebook Messenger usw.")

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