UK web surfers prefer smartphones to laptops

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A new report from Ofcom reveals that smartphones are now more popular than laptops among Britons who go online.

The data showed that 33 per cent of people in the UK preferred smartphones, whilst 30 per cent opted for laptops as their internet device of choice in 2014.

The popularity of selfies might have something to do with the findings; Britons also took 1.2 billion pictures of themselves last year.

Landmark moment

Ofcom, which releases its “Communications Market Report” annually, described this as a “landmark moment.”

According to the report, adults in the UK spent almost two hours every day connecting to the internet via their phones last year.

Jane Rumble, the director of market intelligence at Ofcom, commented: “We’ve reached a landmark moment where the smartphone has become the most important way for people to get online – just last year laptops were in first place.”

Selfies on the rise

The rise of the selfie might have something to do with the findings. The popularity of posting photos online shows no signs of declining.

Almost a third of Britons (31 per cent) said they had taken a picture of themselves in 2014, and Ofcom found that one out of every ten adults took at least one such photo every week.

In fact, the report found that smartphones were more popular than digital cameras when it came to taking and storing photos.

Among those aged 16 to 24, 89 per cent said they used their phone as a camera, whilst 60 per cent of adults did the same. Only 29 per cent of adults over the age of 35 said that they bothered backing up digital pictures taken with their phones.


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