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Brits' smartphones internet usage doubles in 5 years

Some 65% of Brits access the internet at least as often using smartphones rather than computers, compared to just 35% in 2012, according to new Google research.

Shedding new light on the enormity of the shift in browsing preferences, the five-year study also found that three in four UK citizens now own a smart device.

While the growth of smartphone usage was found across all demographics, it's particularly prevalent among those under 25 years of age. 

Every week, 88% of people under 25 use their smartphones for search engines, 77% to watch online videos, 90% to visit social networks, and 88% to check email.

Almost half (45%) of those over the age of 55 now also use a smartphone.