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The vast majority of adults who use the internet cannot remember the sound of a dial-up modem, new research has revealed.

A study from SSE found just 16 per cent of adult web users in Great Britain recall the unique noise made by a computer accessing the internet over a phone line, as more and more people move towards using smartphones as their primary device for using the web.

Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) primarily got online with such a device in the past year, and with broadband connections being commonplace in many homes for several years now, the sound of a dial-up modem is becoming a thing of the past.

Director of Retail Telecoms at SSE Alex Hollingdale said the pace of progress in technology over a relatively short space of time has been "amazing".

"It’s not that long ago that access to the internet was slow, difficult and something of a luxury - not to mention noisy. Now it’s an everyday utility with a number of companies competing for your business," he added.

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