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No. 67 Skills at using a search engine for provision of information

Confidence in searching information through Internet search engines

Base: All respondents, weighted column percentages
Questions: D1a
Source: SIBIS GPS 2002, SIBIS GPS-NAS 2003

To use the Internet effectively, users need to be able to search and locate the information they want or require. Proficiency in the use of search engines is a necessary precondition for this. Within the EU the number of very or fairly confident persons in this respect varies between 25% and 70%, with an EU average at 44%. In the US the figure is about 70% - a level that in the EU is only reached by Denmark.

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