A study has revealed that Britons spend more time using technology devices than they do sleeping. Communications regulator Ofcom said UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, whilst spending eight hours and 21 minutes sleeping.
TV and radio are still popular, even with the growth of digital media, with almost four hours a day spent watching TV, according to Ofcom's survey of 2,800 children and adults. The annual study also looked at the media habits of those aged between 12 and 15 years old, finding that only 3% use a landline phone to communicate.
Only 8% of 12 to 15 years olds used email on a regular basis but one analyst said that "it's still the early stages of the digital revolution". Younger children were found to have a greater understanding of technology devices, with six year olds having the same level of knowledge as the average 45 year old.
These results bring with them health concerns; showing that children are spending more of their recreational time looking at screens by themselves in their bedrooms. There are also the adverse effects associated with prolonged screen time, including obesity and diabetes.
Ofcom has also launched an online quiz, allowing users to find out how tech savvy they are, and are given advice on how to improve their understanding of the digital world.