Online Usage Continues To Grow in 2016

In News, Online Usage, Statistics by Gary Reid

The number of Irish households with connection to the internet has increased substantially in recent years, according the Central Statistics Office latest report.

82% of all households had access to the internet in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 63% in 2008. Dublin recorded the highest percentage of internet access at 88%, while only 75% of households in the Border region indicated they had internet access.

In the first quarter of 2014 96% of 16-29-year-olds used the internet “in the last three months” when surveyed, while only 41% of 60-74-year-olds used the internet. There was also a huge difference between those who said they never used the internet with 53% of 60-74-year-olds and just 2% of 16-29-year-olds.

It’s no surprise that 30-44-year-olds are the biggest spenders online. Travel arrangements (31%), tickets for events (30%), and holiday accommodation (29%) were the most popular types of internet purchases. Email was the most popular activity online with 85% of people using it while Social networking such as Facebook & Twitter came in second place at (63%) followed closely by internet banking (60%). Ttravel or travel related accommodation (54%), reading or downloading news (46%), making video/voice calls over the internet (36%), and the selling of goods or services at just 14%. The use of Social Media for business increased to 61% last year.

The internet continues to grow at astonishing rates in Ireland. Its estimated the internet will contribute an additional €6 Billion to Irish economy by 2016.

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