70% of the population have smartphones, according to the latest Eir Connected Living Survey. Eir says this is up from just 39% in 2012 and equates to 2.377 million people.

Over 75% of the population also say that they use the internet at least once a day, with 18% adding that they access the internet "practically every waking hour of the day". This rises to 41% for 16 to 24 year olds.

Watching on-demand services, such as Netflix, has also seen considerable growth in take-up, with 30% of the population now using such services.

The survey also reveals that the use of tablets, including iPads, is also seeing strong growth, with 49% of the population saying they have regular access to one. This is up from just 10% in 2012.

The survey shows that, not surprisingly, the 16 to 24 age group are "super users" of social media, with 94% of that age group logging on regularly.

Facebook remains the most popular social media platform, followed by Snapchat, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter and Pinterest.

But a need to "power down" is also becoming evident, Eir says, as work delineation is blurring. It points out that about 59% of the working population now do some form of work at home, either checking work emails or bringing work home. 

The survey also reveals that older generations are becoming increasingly active online. 45% of over 50s are online daily, up from 9% a year ago, while their smarphone usuage has jumped from 6% to 39%.

The Connected Living Survey is a nationwide survey which looks at the usage and impact of technology in Irish homes. The annual survey, taken across 1,013, households around the country, is conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes.