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Figures reveal quite a few Irish teens are using dating app Tinder

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According to figures released by the research agency, 17 per cent of people aged between 15 and 18 years of age in Ireland now use Tinder
According to figures released by the research agency, 17 per cent of people aged between 15 and 18 years of age in Ireland now use Tinder

Statistics released by Ipsos MRBI reveal that a whole lot of Irish teenagers are using dating app Tinder, and almost all of them are using Snapchat.

According to figures released by the research agency, 17 per cent of people aged between 15 and 18 years of age in Ireland now use Tinder. A whopping 84 per cent, however, are now using the video and image sharing app Snapchat.

And usage of Snapchat is soaring, with a staggering 85 per cent of teenage account holders using it every single day.

By comparison, just 8 per cent of Irish over-35s have a Snapchat account with a modest one in five of that group using it daily. Middle-aged people here overwhelmingly favour Whatsapp, Skype and Facebook as their social messaging service of choice.

Irish 25 - 34-year-olds are seldom users of the app, with 35 per cent of that category having it on their phones. Just half of this group use the service every day, however. 

Snapchat’s appeal to younger people is that messages are not stored, allowing teenagers to feel that their communications will not be reviewed by parents or other authority figures at some point.

Irish teenagers remain heavy users of Facebook, with 94 per cent of 15 - 18-year-olds actively using an account. But use of the service is restricted by teen awareness that parents and school authorities often dip in to check on behaviour, the figures released show. 

After Facebook, the most popular social network accounts among 15 - 18-year-olds are Instagram (68 per cent), Twitter (61 per cent), Tinder (17 per cent) and Pinterest (14 per cent).

As for social messaging accounts, the most popular services after Snapchat are Facebook Messenger (79 per cent), Viber (70 per cent), Skype (59 per cent), WhatsApp (37 per cent) and Vine (27 per cent).

Across all ages, Facebook remains the most used social networking service, with 60 per cent of Irish people over the age of 15 using it. Just over 70 per cent used it every day.

Twitter is the next biggest service by overall account ownership at 26 per cent, although just one in three users check it daily. And while 24pc of Irish people say they have a Linkedin account, a mere 12 per cent use it daily. 

The always growing Instagram is used by 18 per cent of Irish adults with just under half of those using it every day.