One in five adults in the UK now own a home PC compared with one in four that have a mobile phone.
According to a survey by consumer analyst firm, Mintel, women aged between 15 and 24 are the most attached to their phones. Some 26 per cent believe such a device is essential compared with 17 per cent of young men.
PC sales, however, also remained strong as consumers went on a massive spending spree. This reflected a "prosperous and confident nation", Mintel said.
But the company predicts that the British obsession with consumer goods will send sales of entertainment equipment such as DVD players soaring over the next five years, with household electronic appliances being the best performing retail sector.
The average taxable income in the UK is now more than £30,000 per household, yet Britons owe more than £600 billion on mortgages and credit cards.
Some 46 per cent of people plans to have a holiday in the short term, however, while 38 per cent intend to buy a new car. Keeping fit and healthy is also an important goal for 51 per cent of people.
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