One third of Irish adults have admitted to seeing someone they know in real life on a dating app.

A recent nationwide survey exploring everyday life experiences and pet peeves on the use of mobile phones in Ireland, show the Irish public’s massive obsession with mobile dating apps.

Over half of all Irish millennials admit to spotting someone they know in real life on a dating site; rising to two thirds of 18-24 year olds.

Almost half of the females surveyed (46%) have admitted to using their mobile phone in the bathroom.

Other somewhat inappropriate places people have used their mobiles include scrolling at Mass (11%); in bed with their partner (16%); with one in ten men admitting to sneakily streaming a match at a wedding during the speeches.

One of the more amusing finds and among the majority of young adults when endlessly scrolling through Instagram or when hitting refresh on Twitter – 1 in 5 people have let their phones fall or hit themselves in the face or head.

Males were much more likely than females to have gotten lost or walked into a lamp-post whilst scrolling and not paying attention.


Silence is golden for the over 45s as they are more likely to cite holding loud conversations on public transport as the most annoying habit of other phone users. Whilst almost one in five (17%) 18-34 year olds find streaming of a concert via social media as other people’s most annoying phone habit.

The habitual actions of repeated checking of phones mid-conversation is a universal pinch point by phone users (42%); with the majority of Irish adults (86%) recognising that it is rude to do so.

Age and habit in the survey was clear when people were asked how they would share something funny, over 45s would make a phone call, the majority of 18-24s would share via a picture, while males up to 34 would most likely use social media, with others preferring to leave a voice note on WhatsApp.

The survey was conducted by Tesco Mobile.