Two thirds of Irish people use Internet daily
16 December 2014 | 0
According to figures released by Eurostat, Irish people using the Internet daily has risen almost two thirds (65%) in 2014, from just a quarter in 2006.
However, the proportion of people in Ireland who have never used the Internet stands at 16%, down from 42% in 2006.
This compares to the EU highs of 87% in Luxembourg, to 32% in Romania.
Irish people were heavy users of cloud services and storage too, with 28% using the cloud services, the highest proportion being among 16 to 24 year olds (40%) and the lowest among 55 to 74 year olds (9%). Cloud storage usage was higher than the EU average (21%). Those paying for cloud services were similar in Ireland (12%) to the rest of the EU (11%).
Protection against data loss was cited as a reason for using cloud services, with more than half of people (55%) across the EU, while the use of a larger memory space (44%) and access to large libraries of music, films or TV programmes (22%) ranked fourth and fifth among the main reasons for using the internet cloud in the EU28 in 2014.
The most commonly cited reason for suing such services was the ability to use files from several devices or locations and the ease of sharing files with other persons (both 59%).
Protection against data loss (55%) was also mentioned by more than half of cloud users, while the use of a larger memory space (44%) and access to large libraries of music, films or TV programmes (22%) ranked fourth and fifth among the main reasons for using the internet cloud in the EU28 in 2014.