Вестник Российского мониторинга экономического положения и здоровья населения НИУ ВШЭ (RLMS-HSE)
The paper analyzes the dynamics of the Internet penetration in Russia during the period between 2003 and 2015, both in the general population and in the context of various socio-demographic groups. We apply CHAID and hierarchical cluster analysis to determine socio-demographic groups with the highest level of the Internet penetration and the most common patterns of the Internet use. In general, the proportion of the Russian population getting access to the World Wide Web dramatically increased over the period between 2003 and 2015. Teenagers and young people with a university diploma or a college degree, who lived in urban areas, along with adults with a university diploma were the most likely to use the Internet. Those who used PC for browsing the Web either did it for work-related purposes or appeared to be reluctant Internet-users. Those who opted for laptops, tablets or mobile phones went online for multiple purposes and those who logged on the Internet exclusively for recreational purposes had no preferences for a particular type of an electronic device.