Brits now spend more time online than they do asleep, with the average Brit now spending 10.5 hours a day connected to the web — according to a poll of 3,000 UK residents by broadband provider Hyperoptic.
The results uncovered that men are spending the most time online, at an average of 11 hours a day, compared to women who are connected to the web for an average of 10 hours day.
Driving this web dependency is the shift towards ‘smart home living.’ Over one-in-five Brits (21%) claim they already have a smart-home system installed, such as internet-controlled central heating, energy systems, security, smart appliances, or lighting. A further 27% said that they plan to have a smart system installed at some point in 2016 – meaning that nearly half (48%) of British homes will be ‘smart’ by the time is year is out.
“Smart home technologies have been in germination for a decade but in the last year consumer adoption has exploded, which has given rise to a increasing number of connected homes – and even more internet-reliant Brits,” explains Steve Holford, VP Products, Hyperoptic. “As web dependency and usage rises exponentially, it’s understandably going to cause friction in houses where the broadband isn’t fit for task.”
MobiTV co-founder Paul Scanlan will be presenting a service provider case study, ‘Leading the way with advanced software-defined network management,’ at this year’s TV Connect (26th – 28th April 2016 ExCeL, London)