Germans prefer to spend leisure time on internet: study

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  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

BERLIN, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The internet, for the first time, surpassed the television to become German citizens' top leisure activity, according to a study published by the BAT-Foundation for Future Studies on Thursday.

The study, which interviewed more than 2,000 people between 18 and 74 years, showed 96 percent of Germans used the internet as a source of information, contact services or platform for gaming and entertainment at least once a week.

With 86 percent, watching television was in second place, according to the study which has been conducted regularly since 1986.

A comparison of the years from 2015 to 2020 showed the increasing importance of new media for German citizens.

The study found that "significantly more people are playing, chatting and browsing with their smartphones than in the past." Social media services, video games and online shopping were also used more frequently.

At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic was changing social life and "activities with the family were being intensified," the study found. Germans made more day trips, went camping or spent more time playing cards and board games.

Currently, many leisure activities could only be carried out to a limited extent or even not at all in Germany due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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