In the 1st quarter of 2012 the share of Internet users among 16–74-year-old Estonian residents was 78%, which is five percentage points more than the European Union (EU) average. The share of Internet users among men and women was almost equal. In urban settlements there are six percentage points more Internet users than in rural settlements (80% and 74%, respectively). The share of Internet users is smaller in older age groups: six out of ten persons aged 55–64 and three out of ten persons aged 65–74 used the Internet in that period. Compared to 2011, the share of Internet users has risen six percentage points in the age group 55–64 and two percentage points in the age group 65–74. In the EU as a whole, there are also more Internet users among younger people. The use of Internet also depends on the educational level, but less so in Estonia than in the EU on average. The share of Internet users among residents with higher, upper secondary and below upper secondary education was respectively 94%, 77% and 49% in the EU, and 91%, 76% and 62% in Estonia.