We're all online twice as much as we used to be

12 May 2015

We're all spending twice as much time online in the UK, that we did 10 years ago. That might be something to do with the fact that the internet was slow and painful a decade ago and now it is... well... less slow.

Of course, we've collectively got more gadgets to play with now. Mobiles are better and there's also the small matter of tablets and now, smartwatches.

This is all according to new research by Ofcom.

 

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If you're 16 or over, you're spending an average of 20 hours and 30 minutes online each week, which is up from 9 hours and 54 minutes in 2005.

Ofcom’s Media Use and Attitudes 2015 report showed that the largest increase in internet use was among 16-24 year olds, which almost tripled from 10 hours and 24 minutes per week in 2005, to 27 hours and 36 minutes by the end of last year. There's apps on your phone where you can easily send people photos of your junk now. All we had in 2005 was a row of fields and a phallus shaped stick to share.

Now, we spend time online while out and about, which is a relatively new thing, increasing from 30 minutes in 2005 to 2 hours and 18 minutes in 2014.

Interestingly, the mobile phone is now the primary gadget used for gaming.

Instant messaging has also seen a sharp increase, going from 38% of mobile users in 2013 to 42%. This is thanks to apps like WhatsApp and BBM. With Facebook getting in on the action, that figure is only going to increase.

TOPICS:   Technology

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    [...] Ofcom’s Media Use and Attitudes 2015 report showed that the largest increase in internet use was among 16-24 year olds, which almost tripled from 10 hours and 24 minutes per week in 2005, to 27 hours and 36 minutes by the end of last year.  Click to read full article… [...]

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