The popularity of mobile phones and digital television in the UK has been confirmed after figures released by Ofcom show that we are the most prolific senders of SMS texts and also watch the most television when compared to our European neighbours.
Although average TV viewing time per day has risen to 3.8 hours amongst UK residents, the report criticises the broadband speeds to which the majority have access. Less than ten per cent of homes can connect at speeds of more than 8Mbps and mobile broadband is doing little to alleviate the situation.
If UK averages for TV viewing times are compared to those in the US we are slightly less addicted, with Americans watching nearly an hour more television on average each day.
There are those who are sceptical as to the impact of the trends identified by the results. Texting and TV viewing may be on the rise, but whether this is having positive or negative effects on our society and culture is an entirely different matter.
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