UK’s internet use surges to new highs during lockdown

UK adults spent a quarter of their waking day online during lockdown – a record high, according to Ofcom.

During April, adults spent an average of four hours a day online, up from three-and-a-half in September 2019, the communications watchdog said.

And seven in 10 people made video calls at least once a week during lockdown, with millions turning to Zoom for the first time.

The pandemic has radically changed online behaviour, said Ofcom.

The regulator’s Online Nation report found that people are seeking new ways to keep connected, informed, entertained and fit during lockdown.

Twitch, the livestreaming platform for gamers, saw visitors increase from 2.3 million in January to 4.2 million in April.

TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos, reached 12.9 million UK visitors in April, up from 5.4 million in January.

Much of Ofcom’s report focused on people’s online habits in September 2019, before

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