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The majority of young people snub the TV set and prefer to watch telly on laptops and tablets, a new study has found.

57 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds regularly watch on-demand and catch-up TV on a laptop or PC, while 45 per cent watch on a smartphone, according to Ofcom's 2015 Communications Market Report.

40 per cent watch on a TV connected to a set-top box.

Unsurprisingly, short clips are more popular on mobiles than films or TV shows. 42 per cent of respondents say they watch short videos on YouTube, Instagram or Vine on their phone. Only 21 per cent watch a film or TV show.

TV viewing in general has declined slightly, but remains very popular. 92 per cent of people watch TV every week, which is only down 1 per cent on two years ago.

The average time spent in front of the TV (three hours 40 minutes) was 11 minutes less than two years ago.

The biggest decline in viewing was among four to 15-year-olds, which suggests progressive generations will be less accustomed to sitting down in front of the TV and keener to get their kicks elsewhere.



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