Half of Irish over-60s don’t use internet
Published 17/12/2015 | 08:37
Older people are being left behind in Ireland’s digital world, new figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal.
The research, which measured the responses of Irish households across the country, shows that half of Irish people over the age of 60 do not use the internet, and 49pc of householders in this age bracket say they have never been online.
Single adults living alone are among the next least likely of any Irish householder group to use the internet, with only 60pc online.
Households without anyone employed also use the internet less than average, with 63pc of occupants online and 35pc having never used it.
In all, the figures claim that 17pc of Irish adults have never accessed the web.
Senior citizens who do go online appear to be making the most of it, with 44pc reading the news, 80pc using email and half engaging in internet banking.
A third use social media such as Facebook.
The CSO figures represent a snapshot of online activity but do not include Irish online use within mobile apps, which now make up the majority of Irish internet activity.
They show that 85pc of Irish homes now have access to the internet. Of the 15pc without it, 14pc say that they “do not need the internet” or that they do not have the skills to operate it.
Some people say it is too expensive.
Dubliners are the biggest regional internet users, with 90pc of the capital’s population regularly online.