Westmeath people are not as popular on Facebook as other counties according to a survey commissioned by 3, Ireland’s market leader in mobile broadband.


The 3 Mobile Broadband Survey shows that 68% of Westmeath natives surveyed were members of Facebook compared to 82% in counties Donegal and Leitrim and 77% in Carlow. Westmeath natives aren’t that popular online with only 39% saying that they have more than 60 online friends compared to 56% of respondents from counties Donegal and Leitrim and 54% in Carlow.


Favourite Social Networking Sites for Westmeath:

  1. Facebook (68%)
  2. Bebo (31%)
  3. Twitter (12%)


Overall a whopping 81% of online surfers in Westmeath use the net for fun and entertainment with 19% using the internet for work or business. This compares to the less hardworking people in Meath where only 10% use the net for work purposes. 23% of those surveyed in Westmeath stay in touch with friends online while 16% use it for shopping. 67% claim better value for money was the most important reason to shop online with 78% of people most likely to buy books, CDs, DVDs and music.  A huge 85% of overall respondents surf the internet every day.


The survey was commissioned to coincide with the announcement that the big broadband switch-on with 3 is currently taking place in Westmeath, making it one of the first counties in Ireland receive much-needed broadband connectivity from 3.


70% of overall respondents say they follow celebrities on Twitter with comedian and TV presenter Jonathan Ross the most popular Twitter celebrity (39%) compared to Barack Obama with 31% and Ashton Kutcher with 26% of followers.


The 3 Mobile Broadband Survey shows that 28% of Westmeath natives surveyed say ‘Party Animal’ is the type of Facebooker that best describes them. 25% admitted to being the ‘Bad Speller’ while 17% said they were the ‘Faux Friend’ type of social networker.


Westmeath Facebookers:

  • 28%                The Party Animal
  • 25%:               The Bad Speller
  • 17%:               The Faux Friend
  • 14%                The Town Crier
  • 12%:               The Self Promoter
  • 4%:                 Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day


Homes and businesses all across Westmeath can now avail of 3’s broadband offering which provides a minimum download speed at launch of 1.2Mbps* and is operating on world leading broadband technology. 3’s broadband product offering which costs just €19.99 per month for 15GB, with a once off connection fee of €49.


For more information, visit www.three.ie or contact 3’s dedicated information and customer service team on 1800 944 791 to order the broadband products which will be delivered straight to the door. The National broadband scheme with 3 is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.


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