Emerging screen-based technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, are changing the way the UK population communicates, shops and consumes news and media, according to the latest IPA TouchPoints5 data, published earlier this week.
The data reveals that a growing proportion of our communication time is now conducted online, with 12% spent social networking (up from 5% in 2012) and 12% spent emailing (up from 6% in 2012).
In addition, the percentage of adults that now use the internet each week has increased from 80% in 2012 to 86%, while the time they spend surfing the web has risen from one hour and 56 minutes a day in 2012 to two hours 27 minutes in 2014.
Coupled with these increases, the new data reveals that almost half of consumers (48%) now own a smartphone, while over a quarter (27%) own a tablet and 38% either own one or have the use of one within their homes.
The research, which was first launched in 2006, also shows how long consumers are using their smartphones and tablets for and the various ways in which they are using these platforms in comparison to more traditional ones, as well as the extent to which these new trends are being spearheaded by the 15-24 age group.
“Our lives are changing at an unprecedented rate, and as the new TouchPoints5 data clearly shows us, emerging technologies are revolutionising how we communicate, how we entertain ourselves, and how we spend our time and money,” said Lynne Robinson, research director, IPA.
“These changes are been spearheaded by the younger age groups whose mobile devices are the dominant force in their lives.”