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Latvian residents rarely meet friends in person any more

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2015, 52.8 % of population aged 16 or over contacted with family (relatives) thereof (by phone, e-mail, regular mail, social media, etc.) at least once a week (daily or every week (not every day)) – 7.5 percentage points more than in 2006 (45.3 %). Last year, 29.2 % of population got together (met face-to-face) with family at least once a week – 7.8 percentage points less than in 2006.

People less often are getting together with friends, while increasingly more frequently contacting with them. In 2006, 50.7 % of population got together with friends at least once a week, while in 2015 the share was notably smaller – 38.2 %. Contacts with friends have not changed significantly – 62.2 % of population contacted with friends at least once a week (in 2006 – 57.5 %), according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In 2015, 39.3 % of males got together with friends and 25.6 % – with family at least once a week, while among females the indicators accounted for 37.4 % and 32.1 %, respectively. Last year, 21.8 % of females and 24.8 % of males got together with family at least once a year.

In 2015, 45.2 % of males contacted with family at least once a week, while 59.5 % contacted with friends. Whereas females were more active – 59.0 % contacted with family at least once a week and 64.3 % contacted with friends.

In 2015, 85.1 % of young people aged 16–24 and 58.3 % of population aged 25–49 communicated via social media at least once a week. Among population at older age, communication via social media were less common: 24.7 % of population aged 50–64 and 5 % of population aged over 65 communicated via social media at least once a week.

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