A new study has revealed that a digital divide between certain sectors of society still exists in the UK.
According to the Oxford Internet Survey Report 2007, men still use the internet more than women for most purposes, while students are three times more likely to log onto the web than retired Britons.
However, the survey also found that the majority of web users - 85 per cent - now have a high-speed broadband connection, while 93 per cent regularly use email communications.
In addition, the general consensus appeared to be that the web is more reliable than reading newspapers.
'As high-speed internet access has become more available across the UK, the web has become the media outlet, shopping channel, entertainment service, and collaboration and communications tool of choice for much of the population,' commented Nick Watson, vice president of enterprise business for Cisco Systems UK and Ireland.
Earlier this month, a survey by insurer swiftcover.com found that a third of Britons use the internet for four hours a day or longer.