Smartphones have finally taken over as the number one way people go online in the UK.
According to media watchdog Ofcom, Britons are spending an hour and 54 minutes online through a smartphone every day, and an hour and nine minutes on their computers.
The landmark moment is being attributed to the rising popularity of the 4G, high-speed mobile internet.
The best proof of this popularity is the number of subscriptions to mobile internet, which has skyrocketed in the past year. At the end of 2013 subscriptions to the data network were at 2.7 million. Today, they’re at 23.6 million.
Jane Rumble, head of media research at Ofcom, said: “You can see these devices are becoming more and more an important vital hub of information and communication throughout the day.”
Vital hub, indeed. Two-thirds of the UK now owns a smartphone, and young people are leading the way with 90 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds having one.
Half of 55 to 64-year-olds have also made the switch, compared to just 19% of this age group in 2012.
People in the UK took an estimated 1.2 billion ‘selfies’ in the past year. Nearly a third (31 per cent) of UK adults admit to taking a selfie, with one in ten (11 per cent) doing so at least once a week.
Over a third of adults (34 per cent) turn over and check their phones within five minutes of waking up. For young people, checking social media messages before breakfast is even more crucial – around half (49 per cent) of young people aged 18-24 check their phones within five minutes of waking up.