|Percentage of internet users classified by type of internet activity January and March 2020|
|% internet users|
|Jan 2020||Mar 2020|
|Reading or downloading online news||74||76|
|Watching YouTube type content||65||70|
|Watching video on demand||55||57|
|Watching internet streamed TV live or catch up||54||55|
|Uploading self-created content||31||38|
|Playing or downloading games||23||30|
Results of the Impact of COVID-19 on ICT usage by Households, January and March 2020, were published on 15th May and reports on the key features of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected ICT usage by households and individuals in the State. This analysis provided early indicators of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on households’ and individuals' use of the internet during this period, including internet activities, internet purchases, use of e-Government and online learning. This release focusses on how certain internet activities have affected virtual life in the home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This release compares data collected during the three weeks following initial Government measures put in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic (three weeks commencing 16th March) with a similar period in January (three weeks commencing 20th January). Some main results include:
Over three quarters (76%) of internet users reported Reading or downloading online news in March, compared to 74% surveyed in January.
Uploading self-created content (such as photos, music, videos, text to any website to be shared) saw an increase of seven percentage points to 38% of internet users, compared to 31% in January.
Seven in every ten (70%) internet users Watched YouTube type content, an increase of five percentage points on the corresponding survey period in January.
Watching video on demand (from commercial services such as Netflix, Disney+, HBO GO, Amazon Prime) was reported by 57% of internet users, compared to 55% in January.