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European and American broadband customers have noticeably different online habits, a new survey has revealed.

According to a study conducted by Arbor Networks, internet users in the EU and the US both tend to like logging on first thing in the morning.

However, when it comes to the evenings usage in the States tends to dip, particularly between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.

In contrast, traffic does not generally slow down in Europe until around 9pm and is only at 60 per cent of its peak levels by midnight.

The majority of broadband customers in the US are still online at this point, with traffic at 90 per cent.

Arbor Networks' information did not rate to the specific usage of individual European countries.

Commenting on the findings, BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones noted that "treating Europe as an amorphous mass may not be very useful".

He explained: "We dine at different times - it's hard to get dinner in Spain before 9pm - and we have differing levels of web access."

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