Over one third of Irish people spend over 20 hours a week online

Switcher.ie has revealed how much time Irish people spend online and the most popular online activities

Eleanor Rosney
by Eleanor Rosney on 31st August, 2015

New research from Switcher.ie has found that over one third of Irish people are spending over 20 hours online per week.

On average, Irish adults are spending 13 hours a week online, with 35-44 year olds more likely to spend less than four hours online per week.

Social networking was the top activity for 16-24 year olds, with 87% of this group logging on to social networks in a typical month. This activity was not as popular with those aged 55 and over, but 58% of people in this group are still spending time online each month social networking.

Similarly, 82% of 16-24 year olds said they have used their home broadband connection within the past month to watch films/video clips and television programmes online.

Online phone calls were another popular activity, with almost a third (31%) of people using the internet to make a call in the past month.

The research also found that 95% of homes across the country have broadband access. 73% have broadband as part of a bundled product, with just 23% claiming to have standalone broadband.

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Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie said: “This research shows the huge impact that the internet is having on Irish life.”

Broadband is now a necessity – as important to our quality of life as gas or electricity.

“The only utility contract that is more prevalent than broadband in homes in Ireland is electricity. 100% of homes have electricity and 95% of homes have broadband.

“As usage increases it is going to become even more important that consumers fully understand broadband packages so that they are able to choose one that is cost-effective and right for their needs - at the moment this could save them hundreds of Euro a year.”

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