France, social portrait 2022 edition
Beyond exercising: sports as a cultural experience
Cédric Zimmer (INJEP-MEDES)
You do not necessarily need to exercise or play sports to be interested in sports. Among people aged 15 and over living in metropolitan France, 63% took part in a cultural activity related to sports in 2018. This includes following sports news, watching sports on television, listening to sports programmes on the radio, watching sports videos online, playing sports video games and attending ticketed sports events. Nevertheless, people who do exercise or play sports are more likely to take part in cultural activities related to sports than those who do not (69% versus 52%).
The most popular cultural activity related to sports is following sports news (49%) followed by watching sports on television (40%). A quarter of people aged 15 and over attended a sports event during the year, 16% played sports video games and the same proportion listened to sports programmes on the radio. The share of people who watched sports videos online is the lowest among all cultural activities related to sports (14%).
Men are much more likely to take part in sports cultural activities. Among people watching sports on television as well as among those following sports news, 7 in 10 are men and only 2 people in 10 who watched sports videos online are women. Young people living sports through sports videos or video games often combine several sports experiences, unlike those who watched sports programmes on television or listened to sports programmes on the radio who are on average older. Among those exercising or playing sports, women are more likely not to take part in any of those cultural activities related to sports.
Paru le :24/01/2023