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Brits spend nearly 4 hours online every day


It appears that UK adults spent an average of 3 hours 41 minutes a  day online in May 2023, eight minutes longer than a year earlier. This amounts to 56 days a year online – two more than in May 2022.

The figures come from Ofcom’s Online Nation 2023 study, which analysed the behaviour of over 14,000 internet users aged between 13 and 84 during May.

  • Most daily browsing (2 hours 47 mins) is done on a smartphone. This amounts to 76 per cent, a rise from 69 per cent in 2022. Only 23 and 30 minutes respectively were spent online on tablets and computers, fewer than in 2022.
  • As in previous years, young adults (18-24 years old) spent the most time online (4 hours 36 mins), while over-65s spent the least (2 hours 46 mins).
  • Women continue to spend more time online (3 hours 58 mins) than men (3 hours 23 mins).
  • Seven per cent of adults do not have internet access at home, the same as in 2022. This figure rises to 18 per cent – for those aged over 65.
  • YouTube has overtaken Facebook as the most visited social-media site, with 91 per cent of adults using it. Visits to Government and NHS websites have fallen sharply over the past two years due to the end of the Covid pandemic.

If you would like to read the full report, you can view and download it from the Ofcom web site  (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/272288/online-nation-2023-report.pdf)