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Women are still more likely to go online for Facebook or online shopping- while men lean towards news, Twitter and porn, research has shown.
A study of 2,000 people’s internet use compared the online habits of the sexes, and found that men clock up over 19 hours a week online – more than 42 solid days each year, and over a third longer than women.
It also emerged men consume more online news than women, but surprisingly spend as much time on celebrity news as women.
While results surprisingly showed one in eight women regularly surf the web for porn.
The research, which was commissioned by domain giant Siteopia.com, found women are the bigger Facebook users (checking five times a day on average) while men spend longer on Twitter.
And more than half of the 2,000 people thought they may actually be addicted to the internet – women were slightly more likely to feel they had an addiction.
A Siteopia.com spokesman said:
“The results showed men to be the biggest internet users, spending more time reading the news and show a much bigger tendency for gaming online.
“It’s interesting to see men now consume as much celebrity news as women, while there were also clear patterns between different forms of social media, with women the bigger Facebook users while men devote more time to Twitter on average.
“The internet is now such a big part of our lives that it’s no surprise so many of us rely on it to function day to day, but it’s important to acknowledge the high proportion of people who feel they cannot go without – with many saying 90 minutes is the longest they can be offline.
“Like everything, it’s important to recognise what enhances and benefits our day to day lives, while making sure we focus on quality sites and services that add convenience and enrich our routines rather than simply fill time.’”
The average man spent 1012 hours online in 2012, while women spent 741 hours.
It’s no surprise then that six in ten people feel they now need the internet to function in their day to day life.
Seven in ten people go as far as to say there is a point where they feel they have to go online if they haven’t had access for a while, often to reach friends on social media or catch up on e-mails.
The average person admits they only go a maximum of 90 minutes each day without having some sort of online activity.
Men are also twice as likely to take to online gaming, whilst also downloading more music and watching more videos.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, men are four times more likely to access porn or NSFW material, while one in eight women admit to going online to view adult material each week.
And a fifth of men delete their browsing history each and every day – in fact, 45% panic at the thought of their mum seeing their browsing history.
One in five people now do almost all of their food shopping online, and 40% of women do more clothes shopping online than offline.
A massive six in ten also do all their banking online.
WEEKLY INTERNET USAGE (IN MINUTES)
|Other social media||32||22|
|Gaming (online, console and gambling)||89||44|
|All Other Uses||154||114|
|Total hours per week||19 hours, 26 minutes||14 hours, 21 minutes|