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A third of the nation is online for full day each week

WE are a country addicted to the web.

A third of the population is spending almost a full day a week online.

The average adult logs on to the internet between 11 and 20 hours a week.

Young people in Ireland are the worst offenders with those aged between 16 and 24 years old the most likely to be glued to their computers, according to the research.

The survey by the price comparison website uSwitch.ie found that Irish adults spend about 12 hours a week online, with older adults aged between 35 and 44 years old spending the least time online, less than four hours a week.

Surfing the web was the most common online activity for 91pc of respondents, followed by emailing at 87pc, doing online banking or other financial management at 68pc and shopping online at 63pc.



Respondents spent half of their time online watching television, film and video on such websites as YouTube and RTE player, while close to a third of respondents, or 29pc spent their online time downloading music.

The survey also revealed that most homes – 91pc – now have broadband access, with 75pc paying for such services as part of a telecoms bundle. The survey reveals that broadband is now surpassing other utlities such as television and gas as must-haves in most homes, according to uSwitch.ie head Eoin Clarke.

"The only utility contract that is more prevalent than broadband in homes in Ireland is electricity," he said.