In 2022, 52.5 percent of Bulgarians keep electronic devices in their household (mobile phone, smartphone, laptop, tablet and desktop computer) that they no longer use, and 22.2 percent sell or give them away.

6.2 percent of people hand over their old devices to an electronic waste collection and recycling point, the National Statistical Institute reported.

When buying a mobile phone, smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, 13.7 percent of people consider important environmental features of the device, such as energy efficiency, the possibility of extending the life by purchasing an additional warranty or eco-design.

For the majority of users (62 percent), the determining factor is the price, and for 42.8 percent, the technical characteristics (hard disk parameters, processor speed) of the device are important.

In 2022, 87.3 percent of households in Bulgaria have access to the Internet in their homes, which is 3.8 percentage points more than the previous year.

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79 percent of people between the ages of 16 and 74 use the Internet every day or at least once a week at work, at home or elsewhere, and 61.2 percent use the resources of the global network several times a day, reported BTA.

Consumers most often use the global network for communication purposes, with 67.3 percent indicating that they make phone or video calls over the Internet (via applications such as Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, Snapchat, Zoom, MS Teams, Webex) , and 63.4 percent participate in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, etc.).

In the last 12 months, 26.4 percent of people use the global network to interact with administrative bodies and public institutions.

When using the online services offered by administrative bodies and public institutions, women are more active than men - 28.5 and 24.2 percent, respectively.

In 2022, 23.9 percent of people shop online for personal purposes, with their relative share almost doubling over a five-year period.

There are the most online shoppers in the North-East and South-West regions - 31.1 and 29.1 per cent, respectively, and the least - in the North-Central region - 14.8 per cent.

People with higher education (42.7 percent) and people in the 25-34 age group (39.8 percent) are most active in purchasing goods and services on the Internet.

Women shop online more than men - 26 percent and 21.8 percent, respectively.

In the top three of the most purchased goods and services on the Internet are: clothes, shoes and accessories - 81.3 percent, services related to accommodation (from hotels, travel agencies, tour operators or private individuals) - 30.5 percent , sports goods - 30.4 percent.