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Britons ‘spend more than HOURS plus online on Christmas Day – the most ever’

BRITS will be spending seven hours and 24 minutes online on Christmas Day – as they have the most ‘connected’ Christmas ever.

A study of 2,000 adults celebrating Christmas found that after last year, a third believe it feels closer to loved ones than ever before.

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As a result, more people will spend time with family and friends this holiday season, including watching TV together (62%), video calling each other (33%) and sharing photos online (29%). ) .

And 42% plan to have the most ‘connected’ Christmas ever.

As a result, the average adult will spend nearly seven and a half hours online on December 25, including an hour of video calls, an hour and 42 minutes of watching movies, and an hour and 12 minutes of social media scrolling.

But this means that 4 out of 10 people will be disappointed if their internet connection goes down over Christmas.

Offline ways people plan to spend time together on the big day include eating together (73%), going for walks (50%) and playing board games (47%).

Research commissioned by broadband provider Hyperoptic found that nearly one in five would feel lonely during the holiday season without any access to technology.

And a third believe that while it’s not possible to see all of their family and friends over Christmas, connecting online allows them to stay in touch.

This year, 17% plan to video call or call someone who is spending Christmas alone, and another 15% will send them a social media message.

While more than a third of respondents said technology and internet connectivity ensure no one feels isolated at this time of year.

Hyperoptic CEO Charles Davies said: “Research shows that families hope to be more connected than ever, despite the changing Christmas landscape this year.

“Technology and internet connectivity clearly play an important role in celebrating with family and friends who don’t live locally.

“Whether together or apart on December 25th, wi-fi connectivity allows people to spend time together, including in-person activities such as streaming music, movies and games, or as long as possible. just catching up.”

The study also found that many people can’t imagine a Christmas day without watching a festive movie (42%), exchanging messages with their family and friends (38%) and making video calls (23%). .

While a quarter feel people try to outdo each other with their Christmas Day content online, 23% admit to sharing family photos from their celebrations on social media.

And 19% of those polled via OnePoll will share a picture of their Christmas dinner while others post about a specific gift, what they’re wearing and even what they open. .

An inquisitive fifth likes to check out other people’s lunches on social media and watch people’s carnival walks (17%).

Charles added: “Video calls or playing online games are great ways to connect with people who can’t be there, or may live far away, and many of our best memories can be made. do it that way.

“It is positive to see how many people plan to connect with people who are spending Christmas alone, highlighting the importance of connecting online.”

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