Irish people talk to friends more online than in real life

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Irish people are more likely to use social media or instant messengers to chat with friends than in real life, according to an annual internet productivity survey.

The survey, conducted by the creators of website blocking software Stop Procrastinating, researched the habits of 2,000 people in Ireland. It found that a small majority (51%) of those surveyed were more likely to talk to friends online than in person. This is up 4% compared to a year ago.

It’s not just in our free time that we message friends online using social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, or instant messengers like WhatsApp. The survey found that 58% of respondents use social media to chat while they are at work. Employers won’t be too happy that 63% of people admitted that they had been distracted from completing work because they were checking e-mails, browsing the web, and using social media. This is an increase of 6% from last year.

Designer and creator of Stop Procrastinating, Will Little, said that many people cannot distinguish between when we should be using the internet for our own personal use. He said, “As usage of the internet increases so does its presence in every part of our lives at work and at home. The internet is there all the time and we use it for personal reasons at work more often than ever before.” Guess we should wait until we get home to book the summer holidays.

In Short: A survey by the creators of website blocking software Stop Procrastinating found that Irish people are more likely to talk to friends online than in person.

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