The number of people here using WhatsApp to send messages jumped by 5% over the past six months, according to the latest Ipsos MRBI Social Messaging Quarterly.

79% of adults here now have WhatsApp installed on one or more devices, with three quarters of those using it daily, up 1% since June.

Facebook Messenger, on the other hand, saw no increase in user numbers here during the same period, with 59% of adults still using it.

However, daily use of the Facebook messaging platform fell two points to 45% over the six months.

Skype and Snapchat both saw their Irish user numbers fall though, with around a third of people now accessing them.

Elsewhere in the social networking space, the number of Facebook users grew 4% over the second half of the year.

Two thirds of adults now use the app, with 64% accessing it daily, down 1% since the last survey.

Instagram remains the second most popular platform with 43% of adults holding an account, up 2% since June.

But the number of daily users of the picture sharing service fell 1% over the same period.

LinkedIn and Pinterest recorded the biggest level of user growth during the six months, with both up 5%.

Twitter saw no increase in account ownership and remains at 30%.

6% of adults now have a TikTok account, up 4% since the last survey. 

43% of those people use it every day, a 10% increase since the middle of the year.

The Social Messaging and Networking Trackers are based on a telephone survey of 1,000 adults aged over 15 years, carried out every two weeks.