Research from Ofcom has found that 54 percent of UK households now own a tablet computer, a dramatic rise on the figure of two percent just five years ago.
The increase has been fuelled by the wider availability of tablets, and the change in their user base.
Children and the young are increasingly likely to have their own tablets, or have access to one. Ofcom said that around a third of children under 15 have their own device.
Half of UK homes turn to tablets - in just five years http://t.co/CUJw3QGehV— Ofcom (@Ofcom) May 27, 2015
"In just five years, tablets have become a must-have device for millions of UK households," said Kate Reeve, director of consumer research at Ofcom, in the watchdog's latest tablet uptake report.
"We're using them to catch up with the news, watch our favourite soaps and keep the kids entertained, with around one in three five to 15 year-olds having their own tablet."
Ofcom found that people in the 35-54 age group are more likely to have a tablet than a child, and that 11 percent of three to four year-olds have their own tablet.
It's 5 years since the iPad's UK launch – 54% of homes now have a tablet + 21% are likely to get one this year http://t.co/Bev4FwRNiq— Ofcom (@Ofcom) May 28, 2015
Households that don't currently have a tablet are planning to buy one, and around a fifth of these intend to purchase a device this year.
Some 15 percent of adults and 25 percent of 16 to 24 year-olds admit to using a tablet to play games.
Application use is predictably popular, but Ofcom said that 14 percent of households do not use a tablet for apps. The tablet browser, as opposed to a specific search application, is usually the search mechanism of choice.
Tablets tend to stay in the home, where they are a popular tool for browsing. Just 15 percent of owners take them outside the home.
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