Ofcom report reveals a year lived online | #romancescams


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K adults spent more time online than other large European countries such as France and Germany during the pandemic, according to Ofcom research.

They spent more than three-and-a-half hours (217 minutes) online each day in 2020 – more than an hour longer than in Germany and France and 30 minutes more than Spain the regulator’s annual Online Nation report reveals.

Around half of UK adults – 49% or around 26 million – visited an adult website or app in September 2020. The largest, Pornhub, was visited by around a third of online adults (15 million) in September 2020, representing half of all UK men online, compared to 16% of UK online women.

Source: Ofcom

Britons spent nearly £2.45 billion on and in mobile apps across last year – with Tinder Disney+, YouTube and Netflix topping the list.

Online shopping sales rose by half (48%) to nearly £113 billion in 2020, with food and drinks retailers seeing the biggest increase in sales, up 82% on 2019, followed by household goods, up 76%.

The report shows children’s online buying power is also growing, enabled by digital pocket money apps and pre-paid debit cards.

Around one in eight adult Britons online (12% or six million) and more than one in five (22%) of those aged 15-34 said they used an online dating service before the spring lockdown in 2020.

Tinder was the most popular dating app among young online UK adults – visited by 11% of 18 to 24-year-olds in September 2020 – while Plenty of Fish was most popular among the 45-54 age group.

Source: Ofcom

However lockdown saw an increase in romance scams, with money lost to fraudsters increasing by 12% to £18.5 million.

Social video sites and apps are now used by almost all UK adult internet users (97%), and by 92% of three to four-year-olds.



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