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It's a digital world. How connected is your generation?

We conducted a survey among 15–24 and 40+ year-olds across 21 countries to explore how childhood is changing.

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How often have you been online in the last month, whether checking email, browsing, or going on social media?

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On average, 77% of young people go online every day, our survey found.

That’s far more than those aged 40+, of whom only half are daily netizens.

But not everyone is so connected. There is a large digital divide across the world…

15–24 year-olds who say they go online every day100%
Zimbabwe15%Japan96%
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In Japan, 96% of young people go online every day.

But in Zimbabwe, only 15% do.

Digital tools and online services can benefit children in a number of ways.

What do you think is the biggest upside to children being online?

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On average, a majority of young people say children benefit a lot from being online in all these areas:

Socializing,

being creative,

…and having fun.

Above all, young people are most likely to report education as a major upside of kids going online.

People over 40 also say the internet can benefit children a lot, but are less enthusiastic than young people. That's true regarding:

Socializing,

being creative,

having fun,

and education.

If every child in the world were online, how far would this really go in creating equal opportunities for all?

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