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The Dutch are big users of social media and blogs

Wednesday 26 December 2012

The Dutch are among the keenest users of social media networks in Europe, according to European statistics office Eurostat.

Seven out of 10 people in the Netherlands are active on websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, while some 17% have a personal website or blog, the highest proportion in Europe.

However, fewer than six in 10 Dutch people read the news online, which is slightly below the EU average, the Eurostat figures show.

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Readers' Comments

When I enter the metro or the bus I get a bit scared. More and more passengers have their noses shoved in their phones and doing "social" life. Sometimes I see teenagers sitting next to each other and having a conversation between themselves via the chat service on their phones. Like it's very difficult to turn to the other and talk.

I think people need internet-free-days (much like smoke-free-days), in which the internet on the phones will not work, so they would be forced to do real conversations with the others.

By George | 27 December 2012 11:09 AM

@George: "forcing" people to interact by shutting down a very means of communication is a bit of a paradox, isn't it?

Something that is missed many times is that the generation that grew with Internet from toddler years got extremely used to multitasking. For them, it is just natural to be texting/MSN-ing several people at the same time. No big deal, really.

In the past, people surely blamed landline phones for lack of communication in person, and I'm sure way back some people would blame letters and postal services for the same.

It is just life.

By A.L. | 27 December 2012 1:11 PM

@A.L. - At casual glance - the multi-tasking mirage appears as you say. However, the underlying cognitive processes are suffering immensely. Attention span is approaching nil, comprehension is severely degraded, and listening, speaking and thinking skills are becoming extinct. Behavior has ironically become anti-social and binary. As you wrote ... "No big deal..."

By Xeno | 28 December 2012 1:07 AM

Hi,
The Dutch are big users of social media and blogs. I’m always amazed at the communication abilities of the Dutch to whom I could imagine making a “Facebook” in a Morgue.

By Terence Hale | 28 December 2012 7:47 AM

yeah stepping onto public transport can seem like its an episode of Doctor Who or Torchwood.. where everyone is being mass mind controlled by some mobile device, and the mobile device is sucking away their souls to leave zombie humanoids controlled by some alien mastermind. Maybe we really do need The Doctor and Capt. Jack Harkness to sort this out

By Martin Treadgold | 28 December 2012 3:02 PM

I think connecting is one of the most useful things in the world, so as people start to socialize on social media it gives a kind of improvement in every culture and institution. Only we have to focus more to enhance it for the better than the worse.

By James Barh Barlee | 10 March 2013 1:48 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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