The internet has firmly become an established part of everyday life for the majority of the population. Despite still being a relatively new format, it’s hard to imagine a time when we did not have easy access to the World Wide Web.
Work, personal life and relationships all take their online forms as it’s become quicker and easier to keep in touch with anyone from around the world – all for free. News, shopping, and even sex now take place online, but how often do people really indulge their online habits?
In this brand new survey, we’ve revealed the online habits of the nation, finding out just which parts of the country spend their nights Facebook stalking, and who dares to dive into the darker parts of the internet…
Online shopping has regularly hit the headlines in recent years thanks to the increased amount of shoppers taking to the web to buy everything from essentials to special occasion clothes and gifts. With lower prices and the connivance of staying at home, it’s no wonder the high street is struggling to compete.
Despite researchers finding that online shoppers are more likely to purchase an item if it comes with a customer review, a large proportion of the population don’t bother leaving one in return. In fact, 35% of online shoppers don’t bother with reviews at all, though are more likely to once they get a little older.
Meanwhile, illegal downloading has plagued media moguls for years now, with music, films, software and even e-books available to download for free illegally. While this issue is a world-wide problem, it is those in the North East who are more likely to have downloaded music illegally, with 37% admitting to the crime.
People’s personal information is available at the click of a button, and while we all like to imagine our information will be safe, it’s more likely we have been stalked online than not. From checking out old friends profile pictures to spending hours searching for their information, if you’ve placed personal information about yourself online, chances are someone checking it out.
While most of it is reasonably innocent, it’s a trend which is rocking the online world and leaving some feeling vulnerable. Those in the North East are adamant they have never stalked someone online, though those in the 18-24 year-old range are much likely to indulge in the activity.
Social media is fantastic for keeping in touch with friends and family from around the world, but how do we really use the sites? Facebook might have the most users, but Google+ and Pinterest are sites with a growing fan base.
LinkedIn has become increasingly popular as many are taking their careers online to search for new jobs and show off their experience.
As well as help careers, social media can also hinder. More than 4% admitted to having their careers damaged thanks to social media, with badly timed status updates and unflattering pictures leaving them in trouble with the boss.