96,3 % of the young people between the age of 15 and 24, are every day or almost everyday on the Internet where most of the time they use it for sending instant messages via applications such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, informs the report titled as “The Use of Information-Communication Technologies in Households and Among Individuals, 2019” issued by the State Statistics Bureau.
The data indicates that during the three months of the previous year, the young people weren’t much interested in reading online news, newspapers and magazines, but they wanted to create and publish their own content on the internet.
Among the activities on the Internet that were conducted by young people during the start of 2019, 95% of the Macedonians aged from 15 to 24 have uploaded personal content (texts, photographs, music, videos, software) on web pages in order to be shared with other members of the Internet community.
Apart from sharing personal content, 94.2 of the young people have used the Internet to send instant messages while 90.3% have used the time to participate in various activities on the social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Statistical data shows that 68.9% of the young people have once in three months used the Internet to read online news, newspapers or magazines. Reading media content in Macedonian is of minor priority for the Macedonian youth than other activities.
Therefore, a large percent (71,2 %) of high school and college students have answered that they receive and send electronic mail on the Internet while 71.4 % of the youg have used the Internet to find information about products or services. At the start of 2019, 81.3% of them have made phone calls on the internet or have made video calls with web cameras.
On the other hand, the Macedonian youth on the age between 15 and 24 isn’t interested in passing the time on the Internet for sale of products and services, job searching or sending job requests, to participate in votes for certain civic or political issues and providing opinions about these issues through web pages.