Brits Spend 50 Days a Year on Net

    August 8, 2006

The average British internet user spends the equivalent of more than 50 days a year online, according to a new survey that backs up claims the net is replacing television as the public’s medium of choice.

The study shows net usage has risen dramatically over the past few years, with surfers now spending an average of 23 hours a week online. Web surfing is the main activity, taking up eight hours. Responses from more than 15,000 people to internet polling company YouGov found online games account for almost five hours, and users spend an average of three hours and 26 minutes on email.

Shopping and online banking register less than two hours a week but the survey found almost two and a half hours a week are spent watching online TV or video. One hour and 52 minutes go on telephone calls over the net.

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Praneeth is the author of the “Digital Media News Portal” with special focus on India.