Specialists of the All-Russian Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) conducted a study during which they assessed the level of information technologies development in the country. According to the survey results, information technologies today are at a high (31 per cent) or average (48 per cent) level of development.
The study showed that in general, 37 per cent of Russians have at least intermediate computer skills (27 per cent have low-level skills, 12 per cent – advanced level, and 5 per cent – professional level). It is specified that there are more professionals in the 18-30 years old age group(8 per cent) and among people with higher education, while amateurs are mostly among people of 46-60 years old and respondents with secondary education and lower.
Most of the inhabitants of Russia are active Internet users. Thus, 73 per cent use the Internet every day, while 19 per cent do not use it at all. Of the active users, the largest share falls on people aged 18-30 and 31-45 years (97 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively). Most of the older generation do not use the Internet (19 per cent). Also, most often, Russians use Yandex (48 per cent) and Google (26 per cent) search engines to find information on the Web.
The majority of respondents believe that the rate of development of information technologies has been growing in Russia nowadays (56 per cent), which is considered to be beneficial for the country (47 per cent). Among the benefits, Russias named an increase in the availability and volume of information (13 per cent), the convenience of receiving services (8 per cent), progress important for the country development (7 per cent), as well as the expansion of opportunities in general and educational opportunities in particular (4 per cent each), time-saving (2 per cent), the free spread of information (2 per cent), labour automation (1 per cent), and the possibility of remote work (1 per cent).