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Most households in the UK still feel their broadband connections are inadequate, a new survey has revealed.

According to research by broadband provider Hyperoptic, 79 per cent of Britons believe they need faster internet connections.

This could be partly because of the amount of time they are spending online. Indeed, figures showed that the average Briton spends more than ten hours a day using the internet. This means they are typically spending more time online than they are sleeping. 

Men were found to spend an average of 11 hours a day online, while women are typically online for about ten hours a day.

Hyperoptic also revealed that 21 per cent of Britons have smart systems in their home, with appliances, lights, central heating and other devices connected to the internet.

The research suggested that this proportion will increase to 48 per cent by the end of 2016, which will further increase households' dependency on reliable and speedy internet connections.

Steve Holford, Vice-President of Products at Hyperoptic, commented: "There is nothing more frustrating than buying the world's most advanced and functional tech and then not being able to enjoy it. The key is not to take poor service lying down."

He went on to state that with web usage and dependency going up exponentially, friction could arise in houses where the broadband connection "isn't fit for task".

Indeed, 24 per cent of respondents to the Hyperoptic survey admitted that poor broadband performance regularly leads to arguments in the home.

Nearly four in ten disputes concerned swapping broadband provider, while almost half centred around somebody hogging the broadband connection. 

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