A fifth of young people in the UK are online for over seven hours a day

Young woman mobile smartphone busAround 20 per cent of young people in the UK are so attached to their smartphones that they spend more than seven hours online each day.

According to data from Ofcom, which was published by The Telegraph, people aged between 16 and 24 are twice as likely to run-up a staggering accumulated weekly online time of over two full 24-hour days.

When comparing generations, just one per cent of over 65s and six per cent of 55 to 64-year olds spend more than 50 hours online each week, compared to the 18 per cent – or over 1.1m people – of 16 to 24-year olds.

Furthermore, 15 per cent of younger Brits admit that they are more productive when they lose access to the internet, and 19 per cent say they are less distracted.

These findings come on the back of other research by Ofcom, which found that the number of calls Brits make with their mobile phones has fallen for the first time.