Nowadays the internet can be accessed in many different ways. Browsing the internet is no longer limited to pc use only, this is the case as people are now able to browse the worldwide web from their phones, games consoles and also their televisions. As this is the case more people browse the internet as it has been made much easier for them to do so. From personal experience i have found myself browsing the internet a lot more just because i am able to do so. An example of this would be from when i was travelling to uni one day with a friend and i was browsing the internet whilst he was driving. This shows just how far the internet has progressed. The statistics also agree with my thoughts as i was able to find some stats regarding internet usage in the uk. These stats show a progressive increase as the years go on. From the stats i found on http://www.internetworldstats.com/eu/uk.htm i was able to see that internet usage increased from 48,755,000 in 2009 to 51,422,100 in 2010. I feel that this has a lot to do with the improvements and progressions that have been made in technology in order for the internet to be more accessible to people. The following chart gives an idea of peoples internet usage patterns:
The stats i have provided above show that 79.8% of the population in 2009 used the internet. This compares to the 82.5% of the population that was meant to have used the internet in 2010.
One of the main reasons for the increase in internet usage is because of the introduction of social networking sites. Websites such as facebook allow people to keep in contact all over the world. As this is the case facebook has been named as the most popular website in the world as it has over 400 million users worldwide. These stat has been taken from http://toolbar.netcraft.com/stats/topsites and also http://mashable.com/2010/02/04/facebook-400-million/