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UK adults are now spending more than a quarter of their waking day online thanks to the

"Dominik Lair" (2020-06-25)


UK adults are now spending more than a quarter of their waking day online thanks to the coronavirus lockdown - the highest figure on record. 

People in the UK aged 18 and over spent an average of just over four hours a day online during lockdown, broadcast regulator Ofcom has revealed.  

The figures come from its latest for April, which polled respondents at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.  

The results provide a snapshot of Brits' reliance on the internet to keep us occupied in the midst of lockdown measures, which are being on July 4. However, Ofcom believes the lockdown could leave a 'lasting digital legacy' that makes us even more tied to our screens than before.    Adults spending record four hours a day online on average, due to the changes brought on by the coronavirus RELATED ARTICLES

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More people have learnt to use social media platforms like TikTok and WhatsApp to keep in touch, while video chat service Zoom could see sustained peaks in user numbers if employees opt to keep working from home post-pandemic. Lockdown has also meant we're turning to digital platforms to create and share our own homemade video content, while one in three of us are now opting for online television over traditional broadcast TV. 'Coronavirus has radically changed the way we live, work and communicate online, with millions of people using online video for the first time,' said Yih-Choung Teh, Ofcom's director of strategy and research.'As the way we communicate evolves and people broaden their online horizons, our role is to help ensure that people have a positive experience, and that they're safe and protected.' Twice as many people in the UK are using video calls to keep in touch with friends and colleagues during lockdown Ofcom said the average of just over four hours a day online by UK adults is up from the 3.5 hours recorded in September last year.      According to the report, UK visitors to video-sharing app TikTok have more than doubled - from 5.4 million in January to 12.9 million in April. The proportion of UK adults online making video calls has also doubled during lockdown, with seven in 10 people now using such services at least weekly. This increase has been most noticeable among older internet users, Ofcom said, many of whom have turned to the technology for the first time. The proportion of Brits aged 65 and over making at least one video call a week has jumped from 22 per cent in February to 61 per cent in May. Meanwhile, Houseparty, the app which combines group video-calls with games and quizzes, grew from 175,000 adult visitors in January to 4 million in April.   One in three adults now watch online video more than traditional TV on platforms such as YouTube and Netflix<div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS sciencetech" data-version="2" id="mol-695567a0-b574-11ea-bebe-9d1eadba29b5" website adults spend more than a quarter of their waking lives online