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Economic Analysis: Theory and Practice

The youth and the Internet: Statistics 2020

Vol. 20, Iss. 3, MARCH 2021

Received: 8 February 2021

Received in revised form: 17 February 2021

Accepted: 28 February 2021

Available online: 30 March 2021


JEL Classification: I25

Pages: 455–473


Valentina N. EDRONOVA National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation


Subject. Due to increasingly widespread information and communication technologies, the Internet plays a special role in young people’s lives as a means of communication, a source of information, a way of leisure activities, a tool for buying goods. This necessitates a comprehensive study of the phenomenon.
Objectives. The study aims to analyze social networks as the main modern means of communication, explore the sources of Internet information, used by young people, consider how they used the Internet in their leisure time and for online purchases in 2020, compare and analyze the indicators of using the Internet by young people and the all-Russian indicators of using the electronic network by all age categories.
Methods. The study employs statistical methods of data collection, summing up and generalizing the primary statistics, methods of analyzing the findings and materials published in scientific papers and mass media.
Results. The paper defines the goals of using the Internet by young people, their priorities, preferences regarding the social networks, ways of entertainment and leisure, using the Internet, the attitude of young people to online shopping in 2020.
Conclusions. Young people start to realize that the Internet cannot fully replace real communication, provide for their educational and cultural needs.

Keywords: digital society, Internet, social networks, social media


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