TV, Radio, Internet and Phone Taking up Fifty Hours a Week

As ‘consumers’, we each apparently spend an average 50 hours on the phone, surfing the internet, watching television or listening to the radio – according to figures published today by broadcasting regulators, Ofcom.

Says Ofcom, in its annual Communications Market Report, average daily internet use last year (36 minutes) was up 158 per cent on five years ago, and time spent on the mobile phone (almost four minutes per day) was up 58 per cent. Time spent watching TV was down four per cent, at three hours and 36 minutes, listening to radio was down two per cent at two hours and 50 minutes and time spent on a fixed line phone was down eight per cent at seven minutes.

However, while consumers are getting more out of their communications services, the amount they are spending on them continues to fall. Last year, the average household spend on communications services was