In 2020, the French spent more time on the Internet. On average, 2:25 a day, that’s 19 minutes more than in 2019.
The French more present on the Internet in 2020
Médiamétrie presented its annual report on Wednesday February 17, 2021. According to this report, the French would have spent in 2020, 19 minutes more on the Internet than in 2019. Thus, each day of 2020 a French person spent on average 2h25 minutes surfing the Internet. An increase which is directly linked to the global pandemic and to containment and curfew measures.
If the time spent on the Internet increased in 2020, its number of users has not changed. At the end of 2020, 92% of French households were connected to the Internet and 53 million Internet users use it each month.
15-24 year olds more strongly impacted by this increase
If daily use is on average 2h25 over the whole year, Bertrand Krug, director of the Internet department of Médiamétrie notes that during the two confinements, this average was much higher, 3h11 of Internet per day during the first and 2h45 during the second. The Médiamétrie study also highlights that two thirds of Internet use in 2020 took place from a smartphone. In 2020, smartphone use to connect to the Internet increased by 15% compared to 2019.
Not surprisingly, the 15-24 age group is the one that has experienced the strongest growth in Internet use. On average, young people spent 4:23 a day surfing the Internet in 2020, an increase of 24%. An increase that can be explained by the appearance of distance education, teleworking but also social networks. TikTok is also one of the most successful social networks in 2020, 8 out of 10 French people say they have used it at least once a month in 2020.