The share of European households with broadband connections has doubled since 2006, to 61 per cent.

Some 84 percent of European households with children now have Internet access, compared to 65 percent in households without, according to figures released on Tuesday by Eurostat, the official statistics office of the European Union.

Eurostat surveyed individuals and households in the 27 E.U. member states, as well as Norway, Croatia and Turkey. The level of Internet access increased in all the countries, particularly in Romania where it tripled. The survey found that Sweden had the highest uptake of broadband connections in 2010, at 83 per cent, while Greece had the lowest at 41 per cent.

Those aged 16 to 24 were more likely to use social media, while one in five of those aged 55 to 74 use the Internet to make voice calls. Almost all users, regardless of age, sent emails during the first quarter of 2010, but 80 percent of the younger users posted messages on chat sites, blogs and social networks compared to less than 20 per cent of those aged 55 to 74.