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.