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It seems as though more people are turning to the internet as a method of relaxation as opposed to going down the local public house according to a new survey undertaken by BT’s broadband division.

Using the internet seems to be one of the most popular forms of relaxing and even beats going shopping and spending time with friends. In the statistics given, more than 80 per cent of women see the internet as the perfect way to unwind, whilst 72 per cent of men admitted spending hours online buying everything from music to clothes.

Top TV psychologist Professor Geoffrey Beattie said “In many ways, these figures are not surprising. As a nation we now rely more heavily on the internet than ever before for pursuing hobbies, shopping, socialising and seeking advice.”

In the advanced study BT also found a precise ‘me moment’ at 6.31pm, when people decide to unwind after a tough day at work and concentrate on more enjoyable activities online.

“6.31pm now appears to be the prime time - we are either finishing our working day by logging on for interests outside our job, or choosing to email friends rather than call them or meet for a drink,” said Beattie.

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