Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Web use spreading around the home

People spend up to two hours a night in the bedroom surfing the internet, playing computer games, a survey found

A love affair with gadgets including mobile phones and wireless internet is changing the way we live, a survey of 5,000 Britons has confirmed.

Traditionally a place of rest, the bedroom could in 2011 be called the 'webroom', the survey's authors found, with people spending up to two hours a night surfing the internet, playing computer games, and watching television online while in bed.

Of those who took part in the survey, which was carried out by PC World, 50% admitted to spending up to half an hour a day on their mobile phone while in the bathroom - more time than they spent showering, bathing or cleaning their teeth.

Five out of 10 admitted to taking their mobile device or smart phone into the bath with them.

In the kitchen, technology is also eating into cooking time, with the average person spending 58 minutes a day cooking and eating in the kitchen.

This compares with one and a quarter hours people spend in the same room tapping away on laptops, talking on mobile phones, watching television and listening to music.

PC World spokeswoman Anina Castle said: "The survey shows that technology has become such an important focus and pastime in our lives that we now spend more time using it at home than we do anything else, even ahead of eating, sleeping and working."

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