UK internet use more than doubles in a decade

UK internet use more than doubles in a decade

Internet users across the UK over the age of 16 spent an average of 20 hours and 30 minutes online every week during 2014 – a substantial increase from the nine hours and 54 minutes recorded during 2005.

That is the main finding of Ofcom's  Media Use and Attitudes 2015 report, which also found that use among 16-24-year-olds had nearly tripled from ten hours and 24 minutes each week in 2005 to 27 hours and 36 minutes by the end of 2014.

The watchdog claims growth has mainly been driven by the increasing adoption of tablet devices and smartphones.

Use of the latter group alone has more than doubled over the last five years, rising from 30 per cent in 2010 to 66 per cent in 2014.

Just five per cent of adults claimed to use a tablet to get online in 2010, but that number rose to 39 per cent over the next four years.

According to Ofcom, there has been an increase in the number of people going online while on the move, with the workplace becoming particularly more mobile over the last few years due to the rise of policies such as bring your own device (BYOD).

The increasing prominence of mobile devices within corporate IT systems had previously been marred by concerns over security, but research shows they have gradually been quelled as time has continued.

According to figures, more than two third of internet users claim they are happy to provide personal information online.

However, 21 per cent still said they had concerns over providing credit or debit card details, while 24 per cent said they would never provide their mobile number.

Ofcom's report comes on the back of detailed plans released by the European Commission to create a digital single market', with the aim of building a unified regulatory framework for the internet across the continent.