Some 90% of Irish people aged between 19 and 24 use social networks
Data from Eurostat shows that 60% of Irish adults used social media last year
In the Republic some 20% of people aged 65 to 74 used social media
Data from the EU’s official statistical office Eurostat shows that overall 60 per cent of Irish adults used social media last year. This compares to an EU average of 56 per cent.
Use of such platforms has risen strongly across the continent in recent years, increasing from just 38 per cent in 2011.
At the opposite end of the scale, the share was below 50 per cent in three member states, with just 42 per cent of French people participating, rising to 46 per cent for Italians and 49 per cent for Slovakians.
Among people aged 65 to 74, almost one fifth participated in social networks. This share ranged from 8 per cent in Bulgaria to 46 per cent in Denmark. In the Republic some 20 per cent of elder people used social media.