Tuesday, January 13, 2009


According to the results of a recent survey, British women are leading the way in internet use, spending nearly half their free time surfing the net. That’s more than the national average of women in most other countries of the world. I personally love spending time on the computer and can’t imagine life without one.

More than 81% of British women questioned rated using the internet as “very important”, with many choosing to shop online rather than hit the high street for bargains. It seems that the majority of time British women spend on the net is spent shopping, with the current recession hit times doing nothing to dampen their appetite as they spend their hard-earned cash online. Apparently recent figures show that people in Britain are currently spending over £1billion a month in sales made over the internet. Wow! No wonder so many high street shops are going out of business! It seems that more and more people are now choosing to shop on the net. The main advantages being that you can shop online 24 hours a day in the comfort of your own home, saving on petrol costs and having to go round the shops in freezing cold weather. It must be very difficult for retail businesses to keep going nowadays as the internet is certainly a tempting alternative for many customers.

Apparently the survey also found that more people than ever are now choosing to use the internet to socialise and make new friends. Apparently a quarter of the average Brit’s friends are online friends who they have never met in person! Oh dear! It seems like many Brits are now living in their own little virtual worlds! Technology is a wonderful thing. The advent of computers has made life a lot easier for many people nowadays. Computers hadn’t even been invented when I was growing up. It’s nice to have online friends. I have some myself, through this blog but they are no substitute for real-life friends. Existing in a virtual world can’t be healthy. I think it’s important to strike a balance. Everyone needs to have at least some social interaction with other people. I personally think it’s important to have real life friends as well as cyberfriends. Happy surfing everyone!


Pear tree cottage! said...

Try telling that to my Husband he thinks us Australian woman corner the market there.

Nice to visit you today for the very first time.

newman said...

what do they do with the other half! intersting post


Sheila said...

Naomi, I for one, would rather shop online. I hate that local shops suffer but it just takes more effort to get in the car or find other transportation to get to the shop. Then, there's traffic, congestion, indifferent sales clerks and the temptation to buy on impulse stuff I hadn't intended on getting.

A belated Happy New Year!

Marion said...

I hope you're doing well, Naomi. I've been wondering about you. You're a friend, even if it's on the internet, lol!

Alastair said...

It's hard enough to get my wife to check her emails, let alone spend hours online :-)

Although, having said this, if jo visits her ebay account she can be on a very very long time....

Anonymous said...

I think it's really quite scary that people can have friend that they have never met, its very untrustworthy.

Palm Springs Savant said...

that is an amazing fact naomi, wow.

Naomi said...

Thanks for visiting Pear Tree Cottage. I personally think we are all guilty of spending too much time online!

Not sure Newman - they probably spend the time working and looking after their families!

A belated Happy New Year to you too Sheila. I also prefer to shop online. Sometimes it's just so much easier.

Thanks for your kind thoughts Marion. There just seems to have been so much going on recently. Work has been very busy. I had a few health problems to deal with and then my computer died on me! Hope to be be back posting again soon.

Ha ha - Ebay is a popular site for a lot of people Alastair. I'm not surprised Jo spends so much time there.

That's one way of looking at it Anonymous.

It certainly is Rick!