London Telegraph 
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We use it to shop, book holidays, file tax returns and even check on the fidelity of our spouses. The internet has come to dominate our lives as never before.
A comprehensive study of the importance of the internet in people’s lives has found that thousands spend as many as 30 hours a week online.
It found that the extent and use of broadband and mobile phone technology had increased dramatically in the past 10 years, leading to a “revolution in the way we shop, do business and are entertained”. Forty-four per cent of us now have broadband at home.
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The Ipsos MORI survey of more than 2,000 people, carried out across Britain for the BT 21st Century Life Index report, found:
Just over half the population spend more than six hours a week online, compared with only 14 per cent a decade ago;
The number of websites visited has risen dramatically, with 19 per cent of internet users visiting more than 20 different sites a week;
Nearly half have booked flights and holidays online, 46 per cent have bought books, 21 per cent have downloaded music and 19 per cent have shopped for groceries;
23 per cent have “Googled” themselves to see what’s written about them online; a quarter have used a social networking site.