UK Spends 65 Per Cent More Time Online Than 2007

The average Briton spends 65 per cent more time online each month than they did three years ago, a recent survey shows.

The survey revealed that the average Brit now spends 22 hours and 15 minutes online each month.

The research by the UK Online Measurement company (UKOM) suggests that the rise in time spent online is down to the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, which now account for 23 per cent of time spent online.

UKOM also reported a fall in the time users spent instant messaging. This went down from 14 per cent of online time in 2007, to just five per cent in 2010.

Despite predictions that it would suffer, the use of e-mail has actually increased, up from 6.5 per cent three years ago to 7.2 per cent.

Commenting on the findings, Alex Burmaster of UKOM told the BBC: “Despite the increase in the amount of time people spend online and the increasing proliferation of websites and online services, one thing has remained constant and that is the bulk of time accounted for by communicating, networking and playing games.”