Six-in-ten Irish people have used an emerging digital technology like smart appliances, mobile payments or augmented reality, according to a new survey commissioned by IE Domain Registry to mark Internet Day.

It suggests almost two-thirds (63%) of us buy consumer items online at least monthly, while one-in-ten have purchased a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

Most people (68%) say their local town and local businesses are not equipped for the digital age and in areas outside Dublin, nearly one-in-five said their internet connection was too poor to facilitate e-commerce.

According to the survey, 46% of people cannot book appointments online for services in their local town.

This figure drops to just a third (33%) in Dublin, but rises to more than half (51%) in areas outside the capital.

Hairdressers are the most likely to offer online booking (29% in total) while handymen and mechanics are the least likely (both 12%).

65% of those surveyed said they would buy more from their local shops if those shops had some form of click-and-collect service which allowed them to order a product online and pick it up in store.

Other findings include: 20% of those surveyed spend more than five hours a day on the internet and there are four internet-enabled devices in every Irish household.

Despite the prevalence of Tinder and Bumble, 83% say they have never engaged in online dating.

46% of people based in Dublin track their health data, like diet, sleep and steps, online - compared to 33% of people outside the capital.

35% said the internet has connected them with new friends, 12% said it has helped them become less introverted, and 9% said that the internet has helped them find love.

Almost two-in-ten people work remotely from home at least once per month and over four-in-ten say that they cannot, because their presence is required in the office.

The survey, conducted by Core Research among 1,000 people, was published today to mark Internet Day, hosted annually by IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains Ireland's country domain, .ie