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Social media use in Ireland no longer growing, poll finds

The number of people using Facebook has fallen slightly – but is still almost half the adult population.

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THE NUMBER OF people using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in Ireland is no longer growing – and may even be falling slightly, according to a new poll.

However, there are still more people using social networks than not.

The Ipsos MRBI poll found that 47 per cent of people aged 15 or over have a Facebook account, with 11 per cent on Twitter. Seven per cent are on Google+, eight per cent on LinkedIn and one per cent on Foursquare.

The number of people using Facebook has fallen by three points since the poll was first conducted in February this year; while the figure for Twitter has decreased by one per cent since August.

Forty-six per cent of respondents said they had no accounts on any social networking sites.

Facebook had the highest usage of any social media site, with 50 per cent of users saying they log in daily. Among Ireland’s roughly 386,000 Twitter users the figure was 27 per cent.

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