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
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.