Irish internet users spend eight hours a week each on social media – poll

5 Jul 2011

The average Irish internet user spends eight hours a week on social media, while those in the 18-24 bracket are spending 11 hours weekly on sites like Facebook and Twitter, a new poll from Bacardi reveals.

The Bacardi Together Poll also finds that 50pc of internet users check emails, text messages or social media sites last thing at night and 49pc do so first thing in the morning.

According to the poll of 1,470 adults surveyed by Behaviour & Attitudes, nearly a quarter of all social media users (23pc) spend between 10-24 hours on social networks each week followed by 12pc, who spend more than 25 hours a week.

Of those who are using social media, 66pc said they do so to keep up-to-date with what is happening with their friends and acquaintances. And 90pc of 18-24-year-olds said they use social media for co-ordinating social events.

The poll also looked at the reasons internet users decide not to use social media. The top reason is privacy, with 66pc of those who don’t use social media saying “it doesn’t offer privacy, I don’t want to share myself online”. Fifty-nine per cent of those who don’t use social networking sites said “there is no replacement for face-to-face meetings”, and 41pc said they consider social media to be a waste of time.

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