Lack of interest, time and money
Of those citing lack of interest, time, money or choice as the reason for nonparticipation, the highest/lowest figures are as follows: Watched or listened to a cultural programme on TV / radio: lack of interest (AT 43% highest, LU, RO both 20% lowest), lack of time (MT 50%, AT 23%), limited choice (RO 16%, BG, MT both 3%). Been to a concert: lack of interest (MT 49% highest, LV 11% lowest), lack of time (LU 34%, PT 13%), lack of money (PT 35%, MT 7%), limited choice (RO 30%, MT 2%). Been to the theatre: lack of interest (MT 54% highest, EE 16% lowest), lack of time (CY, LV both 31%, PT 14%), lack of money (EL 40%, LU 4%), limited choice (RO 29%, MT 2%). Seen a ballet, dance performance or opera: lack of interest (CY 64% highest, RO 24% lowest), lack of time (LU 27%, PT 11%), lack of money (LT 25%, MT 4%). The survey showed that over half of Europeans use the internet for cultural purposes. The most popular uses are reading newspaper articles (53%), searching for cultural information (44%) and listening to the radio or music via the internet (42%). Respondents from northern countries are more likely to use the internet for cultural purposes than those from southern and central-eastern European countries. Socio-demographic factors continue to influence cultural participation: the best educated, those with a high social status or who almost never experience financial difficulties are more likely to participate in cultural activities. Encouragingly, the youngest Europeans (aged 15-24) show higher levels of participation in many cultural activities, and it seems that this is the age at which the greatest diversity of activities is experienced. Special Eurobarometer 399, November 2013 conducted by TNS Opinion & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture
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