Smartphones have overtaken laptops for the first time as the preferred device for connecting to the internet, according to Ofcom.

Its recent report states that 33% of British citizens preferred using a smartphone over 30% of people who preferred laptops. Research also discovered that adults spend nearly two hours a day on average using the internet on their phones.

smartphonesThe organisation has claimed that this is a landmark moment for the industry and that the rise in smartphone popularity could have been fuelled by the offering of good quality cameras on phones.

Last year data studies showed that Britons took approximately 1.2bn selfies in 2014, with one in 10 adults taking at least one ‘selfie’ each week. The smartphone was also found to be more popular than digital cameras, with 60% of adults and 89% of 16-24 year olds using their smartphone for photography purposes.

By the end of 2014, a staggering 23.6 million people were using 4G mobile internet and these individuals did more banking, video clip watching and instant messaging over those without access to 4G. Now only 2% of British homes do not have access to the most basic internet signal.

The report discovered that just over half of British households also use a tablet, which is a 10% increase from last year, however the majority are not being used as mobile devices.

“They tend to be more family or household equipment, shared in the home, using wifi – they are very much home devices,” said Jane Rumble, director of market intelligence for Ofcom. The research also found that adults watched an average of three hours and 40 minutes of television each day.

 

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