Two-thirds of British people would rather surf the web on holiday than spend time with their loved ones, says BT Mobile Broadband.

Research conducted by the ISP and VisitBritain also revealed that nearly a third of us consider a laptop more important than wellington boots when holidaying in the UK.

The majority of 18-25 year olds who take a laptop away with them when on holiday said it would be used for 'tweeting' - posting updates to micro-blogging service Twitter - as well as updating their Facebook status and uploading holiday snaps.

And its not just youngsters that want to surf the web while taking a well-earned break, with over half of the over 50s admitting to taking a laptop away with them.

Furthermore, nearly four out of five of those people said they use their PC to research historical places of interest they can visit while on holiday.

Jon Hurry, commercial director of BT Retail, said:"We now want to get online when out and about we are and this research proves we rely heavily on being connected to the internet at all times".

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