Internet accessibilityOver the past decade, the internet has become a mainstream communication tool for the vast majority of the Turkish population. Accordingly, the share of households having broadband internet connection consistently went up, measuring 92 percent in 2021. In the same year, the part of the population who used the internet regularly reached 77 percent.
Since the popularity of smartphones increased, the internet has also become more accessible for many individuals. Thus, mobile internet user penetration increased consistently over the years, reaching 77 percent as of 2021. This development also reflected positively on the internet usage frequency among Turkish people. According to a nationwide survey conducted in 2022, approximately 83 percent of internet users went online regularly.
User demographics and behaviorIn recent years, the youth who belonged to the age group of 25-34 and 16-24 made up the most active digital population in Turkey. When it comes to gender distribution, women’s use of the internet fell behind men’s every year in the country. In 2022, the share of female internet users reached 81 percent, while the proportion of men equaled over 89 percent.
In 2022, the main reason to go online for the majority of Turkish people was to connect with others via messaging, calling, or social networks. According to the results of a Statista Global Consumer Survey conducted in 2022, 68 percent of the respondents stated that they could not imagine their life without the internet. Consequently, the internet has become indispensable and embedded in the daily routine of many Turkish people. And it undoubtedly will continue to alter the way of communication, interaction, working, and acquiring knowledge in society.