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The changing face of broadband is encouraging young people to alter their online habits, it has been suggested.

According to Web User Magazine, the "improvement of broadband" is one reason that youngsters are moving away from social networks and spending more time viewing online content.

Editor Ben Camm-Jones noted that while sites like Facebook and MySpace were initially very appealing, online trends work in such a way that there will always be "the next big thing" that young people will move on to.

He said: "[Young people] are probably looking at more video content. Maybe their use of the web is becoming a little more passive that it was, not so interactive as social networking.

"It's really that they are moving on to new things and the improvement of broadband is behind that."

Mr Camm-Jones made his comments in light of new research from Ofcom, which revealed that 50 per cent of people aged 15 to 24 in the UK have a profile on a social network, compared to 55 per cent last year.

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