Fascinating stuff from The Economist (and a great graphic to boot):
Web users in Germany are less likely to visit social networking sites than any of their European neighbours, according to a new study of internet habits published by the European Commission. Only 37% of German internet users make use of such services, compared with 80% in Hungary. Indeed, internet geeks in the EU’s eastern member states seem the most smitten by networking sites, with Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Cyprus registering similarly high proportions of users. A similar report in 2010 found that Europeans are increasingly concerned about online data privacy. Viewed as a whole, EU citizens are now split over whether to worry about the misuse of personal data on social networking websites.