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More believe internet 'becoming part of everyday life'

publication date: 22 April 2003

The number of consumers who feel the Internet is a part of everyday life is growing, according to a survey. Just over seven in 10 adults questioned agreed the net had become essential, up from 63% in last year's poll. However, the report in Which? Online says there has been a marked slow-down in the number of people connecting to the Internet.

The number of consumers who feel the Internet is a part of everyday life is growing, according to a survey. Just over seven in 10 adults questioned agreed the net had become essential, up from 63% in last year's poll. However, the report in Which? Online says there has been a marked slow-down in the number of people connecting to the Internet.

The number of people connecting is up 11% in the last year compared with 33% in the previous 12 months. Levels of growth are highest among over 55-year-olds, increasing by more than 40% on last year, so that 17% are now on-line. The results come from a survey of 2,053 adults in Britain interviewed on behalf of Which? Online.

The poll also found that employees are happy to surf the net for personal reasons while at work. Almost three-quarters of workers with Internet access admitted using it for non-work purposes, 43% for e-mailing family and friends. Three in ten also like to browse for news, travel and leisure information, it found.

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