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ISP TalkTalk Finds Internet Helped Brits Work and Play over Christmas

Posted: 14th Jan, 2010 By: MarkJ
talktalk logoBroadband provider TalkTalk UK has revealed that over one-third of the population (34%) admit to spending time working and accessing work-related emails remotely over the holiday period (Dec 24th 2009 to 1st Jan 2010); the equivalent of nearly 16m people. However the average amount of time spent online during this period was just 3 hours and 18 minutes, though one in ten did use over 10 hours.

Internet TV services also become increasingly popular with 20% saying they watched or downloaded TV from the Internet during the holiday period this year, spending an average of 2 hours and 30 minutes doing so. This compares to 28% who watched clips on YouTube and 19% who played online computer games.

Mark Schmid from TalkTalk said:

"As recently as 10 years ago most of our time over the festive period was spent with our nearest and dearest, or slumped in front of the telly. Now we’re spending big chunks of our Christmas time playing games online, watching TV over the internet or social networking. Now your Twitter followers know what you had in your stocking before you’ve even tucked in to your turkey!"

Meanwhile over half (57%) spent time emailing friends and family, and 40% visited social networking sites. More than one in 10 of us (11%) made calls to friends and family via Skype, while only 3% of people said they accessed and updated their Twitter account over Christmas and New Year.
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