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81 per cent of households now have internet access

The figures from the CSO also show that 19 per cent of unemployed people have never used the internet.

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NEW FIGURES FROM the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that 81 per cent of people living in Ireland now have access to the internet at home.

The data was published in a report focusing on  information and communication technology (ICT) use in the last three months of 2012 for non-work related activities in households.

It is estimated that 83 per cent of households in 2012 had access to a computer at home, up two per cent on last year. There has been an increase of 18 per cent in the level of access to the internet in homes between 2008 and 2012 with 58 per cent if people using the internet daily.

In 2012, a massive 92 per cent of people aged 16-29 used the internet in the last three months. In contrast just 40 per cent of people aged 60-74 used the internet during the same period. Students were most likely to have used the internet in the last three months with retired people using the internet least frequently.

The figures show that while 73 per cent of unemployed people had used the internet in the last three months, some 19 per cent have still never used it before.

The most popular activities on the internet in the last three months were e-mail at 66 per cent, finding information about good or services at 63 per cent and using services related to travel or travel accommodation at 46 per cent. Some 45 per cent of people said they mainly used the internet for social networking.

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