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PC ownership rises to 70% in UK

Simon Quicke

PC ownership has hit 70% in the UK and just shy of half of all online teenagers are on social networking sites according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The latest Social Trends figures from the ONS showed that home computer ownership had risen from 29% of the population in 1998 to 70% by 2007. There have also been corresponding rises in the numbers of people connected to the internet.

Mobile phones have also increased, hitting 78% of all UK households in 2007 compared to just 20% a decade earlier.

Drilling down into behavioural patterns more men used the web than women with a third of males admitting to watching TV or listening to the radio via the internet.

The next generation also showed signs of embracing technology with 49% of all 8- to 17-year-olds with access to the web having a profile on a social networking site.

"As ownership of home computers increased (from 29% to 70%) so has the proportion of households that have an internet connection (from less than 10% to 61%)," stated the ONS report.

A version of this story originally appeared on Microscope.

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