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Information Society Statistics - Households

2015

Households with access to the internet
 % of households
2009201020112012201320142015
67727881828285

85% of households have access to the internet at home

Figure 1 Percentage of households with internet access
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Summary of main findings:

  • It is estimated 85% of households had access to the internet at home in 2015.  This represented an increase of 3 percentage points when compared to 2014. See table 1a.
  • The main reasons stated for not having a household internet connection were Lack of skills (44%) and Do not need internet (43%). See table 1c.
  • Email (84%) was the most common activity carried out on the internet by individuals. The next most common activities selected from the options were Social networking (66%) and Internet banking (64%). See table 3.
  • The most common types of goods or services being purchased by internet users were Clothes or sports goods (31%). Other travel arrangements (29%), Tickets for events (29%) and Holiday accommodation (27%) were the next most common types of internet purchases. See table 4a.
  • 44% of internet users stated they used storage space on the internet to store files electronically (documents, pictures, music, video or other files). This was an increase of 9 percentage points when compared to the results of 2014. See table 5.

Households: Type of internet access used

Data for 2015 indicates that fixed broadband was the most commom type of internet access in the household (77% compared with 38% using mobile broadband). See table 1b and figure 2

Type of internet accessMobile broadbandFixed broadbandNarrowband connectionConnection unknown
State387721
0000
Border36.4761.62.1
Midlands41.162.11.54.2
West5052.22.11.7
Dublin32.191.41.10.3
Mid-East43.680.420.8
Mid-West41.767.51.62.2
South-East41.171.72.80.8
South-West32.276.11.31.5

Individuals: Frequency of use of the internet

In 2015, an estimated 80% of individuals used the internet in the 3 months prior to the interview. Of the 16-29 age category, 90% accessed the internet every day, compared with just 29% of the 60-74 age category. 76% of individuals in the Dublin region accessed the internet every day, compared with 59% of individuals in the West regionSee tables 2a and 2b and figure 3.

Frequency of useUsed within last 3 monthsUsed but not in the last 3 monthsNever used the internet
201580.13.416.5
2014803.916.3
201378.34.117.6

Individuals: Internet Activities

The most common activities of individuals who accessed the internet in the last three months were Email (84%), Social networking (66%), Internet banking (64%) and Services related to travel (53%). Of the 16-29 age category, 88% of individuals access the internet for Social networking purposes compared with 32% of the 60-74 age category. See table 3 and figure 4

Internet activityMaleFemaleTotal
Email81.97885.0983.574
Video / Voice calls over the internet36.35535.67136.004
Social networking60.94170.00665.588
Reading or downloading news49.39346.01747.662
Services related to travel 53.01353.02953.021
Selling of goods or services15.08711.56413.281
Internet banking63.32564.95164.158

Individuals: Internet Purchases

Over 40% of individuals who stated  they had purchased over the internet in the last 3 months indicated they had made between one and two purchases in this period. The most common types of internet purchases made by individuals in the last 12 months were Clothes or sports goods (31% of individuals), Other travel arrangements (29% of individuals) and Tickets for events (29% of individuals). See tables 4a, 4c and figure 5.

Internet activity% of individuals
Food and Groceries4
Household goods14
Clothes or sports goods31
Electronic equipment14
Share purchases/financial services / insurance5
Films/music13
Books magazines newspapers e-learning material18
Computer hardware3
Telecommunication services10
Holiday accommodation27
Other travel arrangements29
Tickets for events29
Medicine1
E learning material3
Other7

Individuals: Internet storage and file sharing

Data for 2015 indicates that 44% of internet users use storage space on the internet to store files electronically (documents, pictures, music, videos or other files). This represented an increase of 9 percentage points when compared to 2014. 56% of individuals in the 16-29 age category indicated they used storage space on the internet as a method of saving files compared with 22% of the 60-74 age category. See table 5 and figure 6

Age Category20142015
16-2941.956.2
30-4439.347.6
45-5926.832.8
60-7415.321.5
Table 1(a) Households with internet access, 2009 to 2015       
             % of households
         
  2009201020112012201320142015
                
  UnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweighted
Desktop/portable computer permanently in the home%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample
                
State678,287727,826786,3658110,0188210,283829,629859,150
Household Composition              
 1 adult, no dependent children351,456421,478511,169551,714551,810561,731601,702
 2 adults no dependent children592,246662,139721,727742,771782,686762,879812,475
 3 or more adults no dependent children801,481851,214881,033901,576921,534941,624951,463
 1 adult with dependent children52339614047633678500825328640488361
 2 adults with dependent children821,977871,945931,592952,551952,775962,205972,314
 3 or more adults with dependent children86788906469550896906959469578696835
Number of persons at work in the household             
 0362,058442,211561,906582,960613,036612,823632,419
 1672,797752,705822,220853,506873,484853,230873,055
 2842,734892,427931,871962,984953,158962,984973,058
 3+88698934839736898568986059859297618
Internet Type              
 Broadband1004,4231004,7571004,1161006,6861007,0721004,7351007,543
 Narrowband1009801006581007151001,1371001,1631002,913100125
 No internet02,77602,25601,42101,96701,84001,72701,378
 Unknown internet100108100155100113100228100208100121100104
Population              
 Densely populated742,856772,352832,174853,056863,301873,417893,267
 Intermediate populated631,787731,836791,534812,596832,444832,009861,997
 Thinly populated633,644673,638742,657784,366804,538784,203813,886
Region              
 Border569526087466602751,205751,154751,09083910
 Midlands63422664487932174593826268062284568
 West63637708907967082896819707887779731
 Dublin752,126781,642841,486862,132872,390882,642902,617
 Mid-East71822818438754587776861,062861,008871,039
 Mid-West628417387477759791,085801,0258076286797
 South-East64955651,08771902791,424811,301791,06980968
 South-West651,532701,168761,080781,907811,755801,559821,520
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.      
Note 2: Households represent all private households with at least one occupant aged 16-74.
Table 1(b) Households with internet access classified by type of internet access and characteristics of the household, 2015
    % of households
  Mobile broadbandFixed broadbandNarrowband connection (either mobile or fixed)Type of connection unknownUnweighted sample
       
State3877217,772
Household Composition     
 1 adult, no dependent children3969211,022
 2 adults no dependent children3477121,996
 3 or more adults no dependent children3582221,387
 1 adult with dependent children545911317
 2 adults with dependent children4178212,247
 3 or more adults with dependent children388211803
Number of persons at work in the household     
 03870221,529
 13875222,673
 23981212,968
 3+348721602
Population     
 Densely populated3588102,902
 Intermediate populated3680221,715
 Thinly populated4166223,155
Region     
 Border367622753
 Midlands416224475
 West505222580
 Dublin3291102,359
 Mid-East448021908
 Mid-West426822683
 South-East417231773
 South-West3276121,241
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values. 
Note 2: Households represent all private households with at least one occupant aged 16-74.   
Note 3: More than one type of internet access may be given by respondents.
Table 1(c ) Households without internet access classified by reasons for not having household internet access, 2015
 % of households
  Access elsewhere Do not need internet Equipment costs too highAccess costs too highLack of skillsPrivacy security concernsNot available in the areaOtherUnweighted sample
            
State 8431513444581,355
Household Composition          
1 adult, no dependent children 643141149337674
2 adults no dependent children 849131144458475
3 or more adults no dependent children 1344141537591171
1 adult with dependent children [15][23][37][42][19][3][5][7]42
2 adults with dependent children 15192920230111265
3 or more adults with dependent children ********28
Number of persons at work in the household         
0 645171448436882
1 12411312393611374
2 18361010243171486
3+ ********13
Population          
Densely populated 1144221942709358
Intermediate populated 7431712472011271
Thinly populated 843111044397726
Region          
Border 9421319404316151
Midlands 450774009393
West 5501414434113149
Dublin 11422018382010252
Mid-East 133315540178128
Mid-West 115512433158113
South-East 1145141050555194
South-West 3361815587410275
        
Note 1: More than one reason may have been give by respondents.   
Note 2: Households represent all private households with at least one occupant aged 16-74.   
Note 3: * Sample occurrence too small for estimation.   
Note 4: Figures in parentheses [ ] indicate percentages based on small numbers, and are, therefore, subject to a wide margin of error.   
Table 2(a) Individuals' use of the internet classified by broad frequency of use, 2010 to 2015
                    % of individuals
   Used within last 3 months Used but not in the last 3 months Never used the internet
   201020112012201320142015 201020112012201320142015 201020112012201320142015
                       
State 677577788080 545443 272118181617
Sex                     
 Male 667377787879 535443 292318181818
 Female 697677798181 545444 261918171515
Age Group                     
 16-29 879392939695 444322 933523
 30-44 798789909292 634433 15107655
 45-59 566570767475 646564 393124192021
 60-74 273840464345 557566 675853495149
Principal Economic Status                     
 At work 778488888889 533332 191499109
 Unemployed 637473767676 858684 302119181619
 Student 979794989999 113110 214201
 Home duties 475763666464 768576 463730292930
 Retired 354350495251 767767 585143444242
 Other 335150515053 978896 594342414141
Region                     
 Border 566472707377 976654 362822242219
 Midland 607469767778 425533 352527191919
 West 697475757575 435453 272320212022
 Dublin 758182858786 546433 201513111011
 Mid-East 738184808382 323322 241713171517
 Mid-West 657274767980 836454 272520211616
 South-East 616973757576 745464 322822222019
 South-West 667375787677 446454 302320192020
Type of household Internet connection                    
 Broadband 868990919191 323232 1198777
 Narrowband 788585868590 545462 16121110108
 No internet 202018191913 111116131110 696967697077
 Unknown internet 393951404533 426775 575844534963
Household Composition                 
 1 adult, no dependent children515962606563 856765 413632342932
 2 adults no dependent children626870747473 545344 342825242223
 3 or more adults no dependent children717778798082 324443 262118171615
 1 adult with dependent children698181848987 91112855 2287869
 2 adults with dependent children798789909293 534433 16107654
 3 or more adults with dependent children758083828587 535533 211713131211
Number of persons at work in the household              
 0 465756586259 768767 473636353235
 1 707579818182 645443 252116151515
 2 808789909192 423322 16108876
 3+ 798788888790 323231 1811910119
                       
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Table 2(b) Individuals' use of the internet classified by detailed frequency of use, 2012 to 2015
 % of individuals
    At least once a week  At least once a month  Didn't use in
   Every day  (but not every day) (but not every week)  last 3 months
  2012201320142015 2012201320142015 2012201320142015 2012201320142015
                     
State58616567 15141211 3333 23222120
Sex       
 Male59616466 14131211 2433 23222121
 Female57626668 17141211 3342 23211919
Age Group                   
 16-2978798690 121274 2221 8845
 30-4470747779 16141211 2332 111088
 45-5948575456 19141515 3554 30242625
 60-7421282629 15141212 3444 60545755
Principal Economic Status                   
 At work70727476 15131111 2332 13121211
 Unemployed51565661 18161613 3453 27242424
 Student86919498 8641 0110 7211
 Home duties40464547 18171514 3353 37343636
 Retired29293434 17161513 4445 50514849
 Other32333140 1313139 4573 50495047
Region                   
 Border50515560 19151314 3564 28302723
Midland53606466 1113107 4345 32242323
West56576059 16141313 2423 26252525
Dublin67717476 1212108 2232 18151314
 Mid-East63636568 18141412 2342 16201719
Mid-West56586164 15131313 3453 26242120
 South-East51546162 18161112 4532 27262524
South-West55616265 16141110 3332 25222424
Type of Internet connection                   
Broadband70737577 17151312 2333 10999
Narrowband62636770 18181615 4625 15141510
No internet71097 7664 3352 83818187
Unknown internet28222620 17141412 5451 50605567
Household composition           
 1 adult, no dependent children44445051 16121110 2442 38403537
 2 adults no dependent children53585960 14121210 3433 30262627
 3 or more adults no dependent children62646972 131289 3432 22212018
 1 adult with dependent children57627474 19181312 3451 20161113
 2 adults with dependent children68727479 18161412 3333 111087
 3 or more adults with dependent children63647071 17151212 2443 18181513
Number of persons at work in the household         
 037394445 16151311 3453 44423842
 159636567 17151312 3333 21191918
 272757980 15111010 2322 111098
 3+74737580 121297 3332 12121310
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Table 3 Individuals who recently used the internet (in the last 3 months) classified by types of internet activities, 2015
        % of individuals
   Email Video / Voice calls over the internetSocial networkingReading or downloading newsServices related to travel Selling of goods or servicesInternet bankingUnweighted Sample
           
State 843666485313646,422
Sex    
Male 823661495315632,472
Female 853670465312653,950
Age Group    
16-29 84408846511458837
30-44 854071515715732,629
45-59 822846465211631,944
60-74 80293244488491,012
Principal Economic Status    
At work 863964516015743,838
Unemployed 79266743371049493
Student 88408948471551319
Home duties 752966384011511,011
Retired 8531304955854532
Other 7128563636644229
Region    
Border 79306441431264601
Midland 7626664138755430
West 85296343431057463
Dublin 884769636317711,977
Mid-East 80346650491167742
Mid-West 79356137531864528
South-East 78346328461058634
South-West 882865435913611,047
Type of household Internet connection   
Broadband 843766485413656,152
Narrowband 7926654453962102
No internet 59184927331129139
Unknown internet *******29
Household Composition         
1 adult, no dependent children 84325551511260926
2 adults no dependent children 854061536014691,637
3 or more adults no dependent children 863970485313611,029
1 adult with dependent children 7430843540962282
2 adults with dependent children 853766475315701,933
3 or more adults with dependent children 78267038441350615
Number of persons at work in the household        
0 78296244399471,257
1 833665455113622,221
2 873966516015742478
3+ 81417450571560466
           
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Note 3: More than type of activity may be given by respondents
Note 4: * Sample occurrence too small for estimation.
Table 4(a) Individuals that use the internet classified by types of purchases made online during the last 12 months, 2015
% of individuals
   Food and GroceriesHousehold goodsClothes or sports goodsElectronic equipmentShare purchases/financial services / insuranceFilms/musicBooks magazines newspapers e-learning materialComputer hardware
          
State4143114513183
Sex        
Male3112419615174
Female4163710510191
Age Group        
16-293104519416193
30-447244019818244
45-593112211510172
60-7414642381
Principal Economic Status        
At work5183718818244
Unemployed2721132792
Student374617314193
Home duties41523726101
Retired158734111
Other281662671
Region        
Border211311148121
Midland315321348211
West31129144792
Dublin5163519819254
Mid-East5193413417193
Mid-West4132914411193
South-East29231168111
South-West4112814311173
Type of household Internet connection        
Broadband5163517615213
Narrowband71235938124
No internet01310110
Unknown internet031030140
Household Composition        
1 adult, no dependent children26189510163
2 adults no dependent children392415514193
3 or more adults no dependent children273316312162
1 adult with dependent children524419411111
2 adults with dependent children8284218816223
3 or more adults with dependent children3113112310143
Number of persons at work in the household 
0271782491
13132914514183
26204019818244
3+4104018415232
       
          
Table 4(a) contd. Individuals that use the internet classified by types of purchases made online during the last 12 months, 2015
% of individuals 
  Telecommunication servicesHoliday accommodationOther travel arrangementsTickets for eventsMedicineE learning materialOther 
         
State10272929137
Sex       
Male11262927138
Female9293031126
Age Group       
16-2911283139139
30-4414374037247
45-598262724127
60-74311118014
Principal Economic Status       
At work13384038238
Unemployed4121514116
Student12212837149
Home duties5141614114
Retired5161712016
Other5131112123
Region       
Border102425250214
Midland12202119117
West7192120213
Dublin13384238247
Mid-East10282833135
Mid-West12242727126
South-East7202120028
South-West5242629124
Type of household Internet connection       
Broadband11323433138
Narrowband82725252311
No internet0222001 
Unknown internet3665123
Household Composition
1 adult, no dependent children6202118135
2 adults no dependent children10303129137
3 or more adults no dependent children9252934128
1 adult with dependent children8182022127
2 adults with dependent children14363735247
3 or more adults with dependent children6212326126
Number of persons at work in the household       
05111311014
110262726236
214414242149
3+9313539229
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.  
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.      
Note 3: More than one type of purchase may be given by respondents
Table 4(b) Individuals who use the internet who did not purchase online in the last 12 months classified by reasons for not buying online, 2015
        % of individuals who did not purchase online
   Prefer to shop in personLack of skills or knowledgeDelivery of goods over the internet (e.g. takes too long)Payment security or privacy concernsConcerns about receiving or returning goodsNo payment card Retailers do not sell to my countryOther reason/not statedUnweighted Sample
   
            
State 621531668172,787
Sex     
Male 5815215471101,111
Female 661541778051,676
Age Group     
16-29 55439621211247
30-44 63124166618862
45-59 63203175406934
60-74 67243226204744
Principal Economic Status     
At work 661251663161,343
Unemployed 4914117612114275
Student 50219221114105
Home duties 662251881005561
Retired 71242214304354
Other 4828114515010149
Region     
Border 551511254012282
Midland 74101724110175
West 6912620121345219
Dublin 64121143714735
Mid-East 59103122509286
Mid-West 68171187917236
South-East 5122719811114352
South-West 63206218704502
Household Composition          
1 adult, no dependent children 61185175805529
2 adults no dependent children 63183207507791
3 or more adults no dependent children 68131134717468
1 adult with dependent children 628713915011116
2 adults with dependent children 64124156417609
3 or more adults with dependent children 4915214518311274
Number of persons at work in the household        
0 572021651306816
1 631441865081,010
2 63124166727787
3+ 7311263416174
            
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Note 3: More than one reason may be given by respondents.
Table 4(c) Individuals who purchased over the internet in the last 3 months classified by number of purchases made in this period, 2015
    % of individuals who purchased over the internet in the last 3 months
  Number of internet purchases madeUnweighted Sample
   1 to 23 to 56 to 10More than 10Not stated
         
State 413814703,403
Sex       
Male 423714801,262
Female 403814702,141
Age Group       
16-29 48351251511
30-44 3540151001,615
45-59 40371670945
60-74 4637971332
Principal Economic Status       
At work 374015902,245
Unemployed 53331040206
Student 53351020184
Home duties 40371680468
Retired 46341091210
Other 4028266090
Region       
Border 46371052299
Midland 45371080247
West 46391050217
Dublin 3738151001,150
Mid-East 39371860422
Mid-West 45291790267
South-East 40421270273
South-West 41401360528
Type of household Internet connection       
Broadband 403814803,298
Narrowband 5331133058
Unknown internet *****10
No internet [57][36][4][2][0]37
Household Composition       
1 adult, no dependent children 41401072393
2 adults no dependent children 40381480807
3 or more adults no dependent children 48371140510
1 adult with dependent children 38441261164
2 adults with dependent children 3637171001,211
3 or more adults with dependent children 45341380318
Number of persons at work in the household     
0 51341050499
1 393815811,122
2 373916901,535
3+ 48361050247
         
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Note 3: * Sample occurrence too small for estimation.
Note 4: Figures in parentheses [ ] indicate percentages based on small numbers, and are, therefore, subject to a wide margin of error.
Table 5 Percentage of individuals that use the internet to store files electronically classified by personal characteristics, 2014 and 2015
 % of individuals who used the internet in the last 3 months
  2014 2015Unweighted Sample (2015)
   
State35 446,422
Sex    
Male37 462,472
Female32 413,950
Age Group    
16-2942 56837
30-4439 482,629
45-5927 331,944
60-7415 221,012
Principal Economic Status    
At work39 473,838
Unemployed27 35493
Student46 60319
Home duties20 281,011
Retired16 26532
Other20 28229
Region    
Border23 35601
Midland29 43430
West32 36463
Dublin43 511,977
Mid-East30 48742
Mid-West31 36528
South-East35 41634
South-West34 421,047
Type of household Internet connection    
Broadband36 446,152
Narrowband31 43102
No internet8 19139
Unknown internet16 *29
Household Composition    
1 adult, no dependent children29 38926
2 adults no dependent children37 451,637
3 or more adults no dependent children40 481,029
1 adult with dependent children28 37282
2 adults with dependent children36 451,933
3 or more adults with dependent children29 42615
Number of persons at work in the household    
026 331,257
133 412,221
240 502,478
3+41 51466
      
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Note 3: Files include documents, pictures,music, video or other files
Note 4: * Sample occurrence too small for estimation.

Background Notes

About the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) household survey

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) household survey covers a range of topics related to the use of ICT by households and individuals. The ICT questionnaire focuses on the use of ICT for non-work related activities. The survey was conducted in the 1st Quarter of 2015 and asked respondents about their ICT activities over the previous 12 months. Each year the survey includes a specific group of questions relating to a particular area of ICT  In 2015 additional questions relating to the e-commerce were included.

Reference period

A module on Information communication technology (ICT) is included in the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) in the three months from January to March each year (Quarter 1). The questionnaire asks questions about ICT activities for the reference period of twelve months prior to the interviews taking place.

Purpose of survey

The annual ICT Household survey by the QNHS contributes to the EU requirement under Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 concerning Community statistics on the information society (OJ L143, 30.04.2004, p. 49). The QNHS began in September 1997, replacing the annual April Labour Force Survey (LFS). The purpose of the survey is the production of quarterly labour force estimates and occasional reports on special social topics. The ICT Household questionnaire is conducted in Quarter 1 as part of the QNHS. The annual ICT household survey is one of the special module subjects that make up the ad hoc module surveys appended onto the main QNHS Labour Force Survey.

Grossing

The QNHS grossing procedure aligns the distribution of persons covered in the survey with independently determined population estimates at the level of sex, five-year age group and region.

Statistical significance

All estimates based on sample surveys are subject to error, some of which is measurable. Where an estimate is statistically significantly different from another estimate it means that we can be 95% confident that differences between those two estimates are not due to sampling error. Unless otherwise stated, changes and differences mentioned in the text have been found to be statistically significant at the 95% confidence level

Survey Questionnaire

The 2015 ICT household questionnaire is available at

ICT Household Survey Q1 2015 (PDF 340KB)

Detailed Methodology and Background notes available at

Information Society Statistics - Households

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