Nearly half of the UK goes online each day, according to a survey from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The survey, conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres, questioned 1,000 people by telephone between 30 April and 2 May.
More than 43 per cent of people questioned claim to use the internet at least once a day, 22 per cent use it three times a week, and a further 15 per cent say they use it weekly.
Women are more likely than men to go online to gather information, with 64 per cent compared to 61 per cent, respectively, using the internet to find things out.
But men were more likely to use the internet to shop. Only 43 per cent of women have made a purchase over the internet, compared to 54 per cent of men.
The research found that 63 per cent of people who use the internet do so to get information, 20 per cent use email, while 18 per cent shop online.
Age does not seem a barrier to surfing for the over 65s. They are almost as likely to use it as much as 16 to 24-year-olds.
Only seven per cent of surfers bank over the internet.
In a statement Gordon Gourlay, director of channel delivery at RBS, said that five years ago there were only 7.2 million internet users in Britain, only eight per cent of people ever made purchases online and most internet users were men.
More than three times that number now have access to the internet at home and at work, one in five shop online regularly, and many more women are internet-savvy, he said.
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