Are you addicted to the web?

British adults spend more than 15 hours online each week

Adults in Britain are becoming addicted to the net, spending an average of more than 15 hours online each week.

This figure is up by five hours from six years ago and the rise of smartphones is to blame according to a recent survey by Ofcom.

The increase in variety of internet devices has caused a soar in internet use of 20 per cent since 2005 with eight out of 10 British adults now surfing the web regularly.

With older age groups becoming more web savvy, the estimated weekly internet use has increased from 14.2 hours in 2010 to 15.1 hours last year.

‘The panel fears that people who are offline face an increased risk of disadvantage in accessing essential services and information online, says Bob Warner, chairman of the Communications Consumer Panel, which advises Ofcom.

But beware. Becoming comfortable on the internet leaves us more vulnerable to internet scams and fraud.

Three in ten people say they would be happy to enter their credit card details online, but a quarter of people admit they rarely read the terms and conditions or privacy statements.

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