French are connecting online

Tue 7 April 2009 09:26, Bas van den Beld

French are connecting online

The French Internet users are mostly active using Instant Messaging. 35 million users in February 2009 were messaging each other. This is a growth of 19 percent compared to last year.

These numbers were released by Comscore. They researched what the French Internet Audience was doing online. Next to instant messaging entertainment and e-mail are among the most frequent activities.

In total the French spent 932 million hours online which is an average of 27 hours per person. 14,3 percent of that time is spent on instant messaging. Search only accounts for 2,4% of the time.

The French are most of the time connecting to one another. Next to instant messaging also e-mail (8,2%) and Social Networking (5,7%) are used a lot.

“The Internet audience in France is growing at a rapid rate, and with 35 million people online in February, France now ranks just below Germany and the U.K. as one of  the largest online audiences in Europe,” said Delphine Gatignol, comScore Business Development Manager for France. “Much of the audience growth is coming from older Internet users who are using the Internet for the first time. Time spent online has also been on the rise, due in large part to the increasing popularity of entertainment and social media.”


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