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Table 3 Internet patterns among Finnish and Greek current Internet users

From: Internet use, eHealth literacy and attitudes toward computer/internet among people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders: a cross-sectional study in two distant European regions

Internet patterns Internet users  
N (%) Total N = 144 Ν (%) Finnish group n = 111 a n (%) Greek group n = 33 a n (%) P - value
Location of Internet access:b
 Home 133 (92) 106 (95) 27 (82) 0.02
 Apartment complex 1 (1) 1 (1) 0 (0)
 Family/friend’s house 3 (2) 3 (3) 0 (0)
 Library 1 (1) 1 (1) 0 (0)
 Other 6 (4) 0 (0) 6 (18) <.0001
Email address:     0.28
 Yes 133 (92) 104 (94) 29 (88)  
 No 11 (8) 7 (6) 4 (12)  
Frequency of Internet use:     0.03
 At least once a day 108 (75) 85 (77) 23 (70)  
 Every few days 15 (10) 9 (8) 6 (18)  
 Once a week 8 (6) 7 (6) 1 (3)  
 A few times a month 11 (8) 9 (8) 2 (6)  
 Once a month or less 2 (1) 1 (1) 1 (3)  
Reasons of Internet use:
 Research health-related information 81 (56) 61 (55) 20 (61) 0.57
 Communicate with health professionals about health-related issues 9 (6) 5 (4) 4 (12) 0.21
 Communicate with other users about health-related issues 15 (10) 10 (9) 5 (15) 0.34
 Internet use for health-related purposesc 81 (56) 61 (55) 20 (61) 0.56
 Research information about other topics or issues of interest to me 128 (89) 98 (88) 30 (91) 0.67
 Send/receive email 109 (76) 91 (82) 18 (55) 0.001
 Buy products online 84 (58) 69 (62) 15 (45) 0.09
 Do banking online/pay bills 110 (76) 101 (91) 9 (27) <.0001
 Read news, papers, magazines, and books online 102 (71) 79 (71) 23 (70) 0.87
 Play games online 45 (31) 26 (23) 19 (58) <.0001
 Watch videos (including YouTube) 111 (77) 81 (73) 30 (91) 0.03
 Use social networking websites and/or dating sites 86 (60) 61 (55) 25 (76) 0.03
 Other 28 (19) 17 (15) 11 (33) 0.02
Easiness to locate website and to find information within that site:d     0.02
 Always easy 42 (29) 30 (27) 12 (37)  
 Sometimes easy 75 (52) 67 (60) 8 (24)  
 Not so easy 22 (16) 13 (12) 9 (27)  
 Difficult 2 (1) 1 (1) 1 (3)  
 Very difficult 3 (2) 0 (0) 3 (9)  
Problems hardening Internet use:
 Pain in limbs 4 (3) 3 (3) 1 (3) 0.93
 Unsteady hands 13 (9) 9 (8) 4 (12) 0.49
 Difficulty concentrating for long periods of time 42 (29) 31 (28) 11 (33) 0.57
 Difficulty sitting for long periods of time 29 (20) 19 (17) 10 (30) 0.10
 Eyes that tire easily 27 (19) 17 (15) 10 (30) 0.06
 Other problems 27 (18) 21 (19) 6 (18) 0.91
  1. aPercentages inside the parentheses (%) refer to percentages within country
  2. bFisher’s Exact Test
  3. cPrevalence of the three first answer alternatives to the question ‘Reasons of Internet use’
  4. d P-value: Pearson’s Chi Square