It is a lot more time that people spend to watch television or listen to the radio, the backup of the other indicators that the pandemic acted as a catalyst to accelerate the current trends away from traditional media.
The video call has now become a normal activity for the British as a consequence of the isolation cell, with the number of people using these services, doubling to 70% of the population to the pandemic. Ofcom research suggests that the functions of Zoom, which was little known before the outbreak of coronavirus, which has been used by 13 million British workplaces and family groups to organize events on the service.
Yih-Choung Teh, Ofcom’s director of strategy and research, said: “Locking can leave a lasting digital legacy. Coronavirus has radically changed the way we live, work and communicate online, with millions of people using online video services for the first time.”
The continuing growth of the popularity of YouTube is also clear, with one-third of Britons now spend more time watching videos online than the traditional television. Most people experience the internet – and therefore of their world, of news and entertainment through their smartphones than through laptops or desktop computers.
However, the figures also show one-eighth of the population continuing to not go online at all. This figure has remained stubbornly high for many years, and suggests that the UK is at risk of having a class a digital left-behind.
Only half of people over 75 use the internet regularly, while the poorest households are also less likely to have internet connections, with most of the holdouts saying they simply don’t see the point of going online. Accordingly, Ofcom has found that these groups are often missing on the transition to the online banking as high street branches close by and they can not easily access to public services such as the renewal of passport.
The lack of access to the internet in the most disadvantaged households has also caused problems of education in the course of the pandemic, as well as the poorest students may not be able to use online courses or other educational resources.