Updated: 2018-05-15 07:30:24More than 80 per cent of people in the UK use the internet to access the internet, according to a survey commissioned by the British Digital Society (BDS).
The survey, conducted by the University of East Anglia (UEA), found that people in every age group use the web to access social media, email, video and apps.
The survey found that 80 per in 10 people use social media.
The survey also found that the UK is home to the second most social media users in the world, after China, with a total of 6.6 million social media accounts.
The UK also leads the world in mobile phone usage, with 5.3 million mobile users, and its population is expected to grow by another 4.7 million people by 2050.BDS chief executive Andrew Roberts said: “With more and more people accessing the internet via social media platforms, we are seeing a rise in the use of mobile devices for accessing the web.”
This trend is particularly pronounced in rural areas and people living in rural environments are particularly susceptible to the risks of being distracted by digital devices.
“We hope that the findings of this survey can help inform the Government’s plans to encourage people to use social networks on mobile phones and to ensure that we are not failing people who use social services to access digital services.”
The survey found the UK has one of the highest rates of smartphone ownership in the developed world, with more than three in ten people owning a smartphone.
The survey’s findings suggest that the online use of social media is likely to grow.
The research shows that a quarter of people aged 18 to 29 are on social media as their main social media activity.
The study also found people are using more of their mobile phones than ever before, with the majority of people using their phone for social media (54 per cent) or email (41 per cent).
The study found that 57 per cent use social networking apps such as Facebook and Twitter, while 26 per cent are on other social networking sites.
Other findings of the survey included:More than half of people use mobile phones for social networking (49 per cent), while a third of people have a mobile phone connected to their television, computer, or mobile phone.
Nearly two thirds of people own a smartphone (59 per cent in the age group of 18 to 34 years old).
People are also using social media more on mobile devices than they do on desktop or laptop computers.
More than one in five people (19 per cent on mobile) use social websites or mobile apps to access information.
The British Digital Alliance (BDA) said the results show that social media can be a great way to meet people, create and share content and gain insights from the world around you.BDA chief executive Stephen King said: “The results from this survey confirm that social networks are the best place to connect with others, share information and connect with your community.”
In addition, the survey demonstrates that people’s digital experiences are becoming increasingly connected through their mobile devices, with over half of all people now accessing social media on their mobile device, and more than one-third accessing social networking on their desktop or notebook computer.
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