Munich (dpa / lby) - According to a recent study commissioned by the state government, Bavarians go shopping on the Internet more often than the average.

Almost three quarters of those surveyed (73 percent) stated that they regularly go shopping online with a click of the mouse, and more than one in two (51 percent) like to access so-called on-demand or streaming services.

For comparison: nationwide, the number of regular Internet buyers is 68 percent, 48 percent enjoy streaming offers.

"The Bavarians are Internet power users: active, competent and open-minded," said Bavaria's Digital Minister Judith Gerlach about the results of the study, which the D21 initiative carried out on behalf of her ministry.

According to the study, 63 percent of those surveyed in Bavaria also use office programs, at least twelve percent more than in Germany-wide comparison.

In contrast, only around a quarter of Bavarians (23 percent) regularly use online administrative services, compared to only 19 percent in Germany.


"The Bavarians are more active than average in all the online applications asked - except for health and fitness applications," said Gerlach.

Probably the people in the Free State preferred to go jogging in the Spessart or in the Allgäu.

"This technology openness in Bavaria is an excellent starting point for the digital transformation."

D21 managing director Lena-Sophie Müller emphasized that the above-average use is also reflected in the Bavarian’s greater competence in dealing with digital applications.

For example, 83 percent stated that they could carry out an Internet search, 71 percent use virus protection programs and 44 percent of those surveyed could set up a video conference.

However, not everyone benefits to the same extent from the digital possibilities.

According to the study, the degree of digitization in people over 65 is far below that of 14 to 29 year olds.

Women also have a lower degree of digitization than men.

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