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A Decade of Digital Dependancy

 
Ofcom study shows how a decade of technological revolution has transformed our behaviour One in five people spend more than 40 hours a week online Brits now need constant connection to internet, and are checking their smartphone every 12 minutes Most people in the UK are dependent on their digital devices, and need a constant connection to the internet, following a decade of digital transformation revealed by Ofcom today. The findings are from Ofcom’s Communications Market Report, published today – the most comprehensive study of how communications services in the UK are changing. This year it focuses on how technology has revolutionised our lives within ten years. 2008 was the year the smartphone took off in the UK. With the iPhone and Android fresh into the UK market, 17% of people owned a smartphone a decade ago. That has now reached 78%, in Ofcom’s latest figures, and 95% among 16-24 year-olds. [1] The smartphone is now the device people say they would miss the most, dominating many people’s lives in both positive and negative ways. People in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day. Two in five adults (40%) first look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, climbing to 65% of those aged under 35. Similarly, 37% of adults check their phones five minutes before lights out, again rising to 60% of under-35s. Read Ofcom's full report https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/decade-of-digital-dependency
 

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