Most young Irish spend up to 20 hours a week online

By: November 25, 2013
35-44 year olds are more likely to spend less than four hours online, showing they may have better things to do 35-44 year olds are more likely to spend less than four hours online, showing they may have better things to do

The Irish are a nation of heavy web users it appears. A third of people in Ireland spend more than 20 hours online per week.

According to new research by uSwitch.ie, Irish adults spend on average 12 hours per week online with 16-24 year olds more likely to spend 11-20 hours online. 35-44 year olds are more likely to spend less than four hours online.

The research also showed that nine in 10 have broadband access at home. 75% have broadband as part of a bundled product with just 25% claiming to have standalone broadband.

So what do people do online? The research found:
• 91% do “general internet surfing”
• 87% email
• 68% bank
• 63% shop
• 50% watch films/video clips and television programmes (including YouTube, Netflix, 3 player and RTÉ player)
• 29% download music (e.g. iTunes and Spotify)

“The research shows that more homes now have Internet contracts than have contracts for television, gas, home insurance and motor insurance. The only utility contract that is more prevalent than broadband in homes in Ireland is electricity. It is important to make sure you are on the right package to meet your needs,” says Eoin Clarke, head of uSwitch.ie.