In light of this landmark anniversary, Mail.Ru Group carried a survey across 9,600 Russian mobile and desktop internet users aged 14+ in March 2019 together with ResearchMe to evaluate where Russian Internet is today. Key insights:

  • 75.5% of Russians are using the Internet today vs 3.6% back in 2000.
  • 71% of Russians are users of smartphones, 62% use laptops, 52% are users of PCs, 37% use tablets, 28% — Smart TVs.
  • Internet usage is high across age groups, with 79% of teenagers accessing the Internet daily and multiple times per day and 71% related share within the 55+ age group. Only 10% access the Internet less than two-three times per day.
  • Usage is rising, with 76% suggest that they spend more time on the Internet than 5-7 years ago, consistent across age groups.
  • 64% use the Internet for communication within social networks, 62% to play games, 58% to search, 56% to watch videos, 55% to listen to music. 73% of respondents spend >3 hours in social networks.
  • Most popular activity within social networks is viewing photos and videos of friends (68%), followed by chatting (64%), giving likes and making comments (53%), reading and making posts in groups (48%), loading own photos and videos (47%).
  • Viewing video is the most popular Internet action category mentioned by 74% of users, followed by ordering taxi (45%) or buying/selling goods using classifieds (43%), ordering food (30%), education (18%). 
  • Gaming is equally popular in those aged below 35 and within the 35+, with 58% saying that they play games 3 hours+/day.
  • On-line education is just ramping, with 30% having started accessing it less than 6 months ago, but 67% believe that on-line will become the main form of education in the next 25 years.
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