The questions on individuals’ „internet use” are additional questions being asked at the end of the microcensus survey on a voluntary basis. The survey is carried out annually in each EU member state. In Austria respondents participate either online or per telephone interview following the microcensus survey.
In addition to general questions about individuals’ internet use, the survey includes questions regarding the purpose of individuals’ internet use, their online-shopping behaviour, their use of e-government services as well as other questions related to individuals’ internet use that vary from year to year.
The survey provides the required data to track the transformation into a digital society. Thanks to standardised definitions and a standardised methodology results can be compared across the EU. The data provides an important basis for national as well as international decision-makers.
Austrian results are available in autumn of the respective survey year whereas EU-wide results are available at the end of the year.