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Saturday 19 April 2014

One in five still has no internet, study claims

Almost one in five Irish people has no access to the internet, a new study has found.

The Eurostat report revealed 82pc of Irish households have access to the internet, but 40pc don't go online on a daily basis.

It showed that Ireland comes 11th in Europe for internet access.

Seventy-nine per cent of households within the 28 countries surveyed have internet access, with 76pc of those working off a broadband connection.

Ireland's use is just 3pc above the EU average. These figures are significantly higher than 2007 records with only 55pc of the EU households having access to the web.

Over 20pc of people in Europe said they have never used the internet.

The Netherlands has the highest level of internet access, with 95pc of households logging on. Bulgaria had the lowest, with 46pc of its citizens without access. The survey took in all sorts of internet use, including on mobile phones.

The report found that 45pc interact with government bodies online. In terms of income- tax declarations, 25pc of Irish people declare their business on the internet. This statistic places us 25 out of 28 for countries declaring their taxes online.

Very few of us claim social security benefits online, at only 7pc, and our internet-savvy youth prefer to enrol in higher education in person, with a mere 8pc of them logging on to register in college.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The Eurostat report comes after it was revealed that we rank number one in using social media for our businesses. We beat the internet-use leaders, the Netherlands, in this area.

According to the EU statistics agency, 20pc of Irish enterprises have a formal social media policy versus an EU average of 8pc and the Netherlands at 18pc.

While young people were not specifically surveyed, earlier research showed that Irish school children spend, on average, one hour a day online and 66pc of them log on in school.

The recent Eurostat findings did discover that 61pc of us use the internet every day.

Irish Independent

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