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The net is taking over our lives

Monday August 12th 2013

The number of people who go online every day in Britain has almost doubled since records began in 2006, according to official data.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that at least 36 million Britons use the internet on a daily basis, compared with less than 20 million seven years ago. The figures also reveal a big jump in the number of people using their smartphones to go online.

Thanks to faster broadband speeds, more than a half of UK adults (53%) use their phones to surf the net, while 24% did so in 2010. Reading newspapers and magazines online (55%) is one of the main reasons for the rise in internet use, while half of adults use it for banking, 43% search for health advice and more than a fifth (21%) buy their groceries online.

The ONS says the internet is having a huge effect on British life and shows that many of the things people once visited high streets for are now being done much easier online. Nearly three-quarters of households use the internet every day and 61% use mobile internet on their smartphones, tablets or laptops, making gadget insurance cover all the more important. Those aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to go online to buy goods and services (92%), while 76% and 45% use the net to do their banking and sell items respectively.

Copyright Press Association 2013