Young Irish people read the least amount of online news in Europe

Some 84% of young people here use social networks

Young Irish people read the least amount of online news in Europe

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New figures show 44% of young people in Ireland read online news and magazines.

This puts us at the bottom of an EU league table for sourcing news online – with a breakdown of 46% men and 41% women.

The Eurostat survey looked at the attitudes of young people across Europe, aged 16 to 29 years.

Source: Eurostat

In contrast, 73% of young people in the UK say they get their news online - with the figure going as high as 73% in Finland.

It found that 84% of young people in Ireland use social networks – of which 84% are men and 85% women. This figure is also on a par with the EU average.

Just 19% of the same age group say they use LinkedIn, meanwhile.

Some 36% of people say they go to the internet to find health information, while 39% say they have gone online to contact public authorities in the last 12 months.

Only 16% say they have gone online to find learning material, and just 4% say they used the web to take part in online consultations or voting.

This can include issues like civic or political issues - such as urban planning, or signing a petition.

Similarly, just 6% say they have posted their opinions on civic or political issues online – including on blogs and social networks.

Some 10% say they have created websites or blogs, while a whopping 61% say they have uploaded self-created content to a website for it to be shared.

Source: Eurostat

This is the ninth highest when compared to other EU member states.

Even higher, 64% say they have played or downloaded games, images, films or music.

And 22% say they have played networked games with other people online.

But we also come joint-last when it comes to listening to the radio online.

Just 26% of young people in Ireland say they listen to the radio via the internet.


Source: Eurostat