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Brits think technology more important than holidays

Food budget also more likely to be slashed

Two in five Brits would rather slash their holiday and eating out budgets in a bid to beat recession, rather than reduce the amount they spend on technology, says Ofcom.

According to the watchdog's annual Communications Market Report, when it come to beating the recession 19 percent of Brits said they would cut back on their mobile phone spend compared to 41 percent who said they'd stop going on holiday.

Only 16 percent of those surveyed said they'd look at reducing the amount they spend on TV subscriptions, while 10 percent said they'd consider cutting their broadband costs.

Ofcom also revealed that in May 2009 there were more than 250,000 new mobile broadband connections compared to 139,000 in the same period last year.

Ofcom said cheaper mobile phone contracts and handsets along with a fall in the cost of TV and internet services may have contributed to this.

"Despite the recession, people are spending more time watching TV, using their mobile phone or accessing the internet. They would rather do without meals out or holidays than give up their phone, broadband or pay TV package," said Ofcom spokesman Peter Phillips.

The survey also highlighted that half of web users use social networking site Facebook, with users spending on average six hours a month on the site, compared to four hours in May last year.

Younger web users are more likely to use the site, with 46 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds having a social networking profile, compared to 35 percent of 35 to 54-year olds.

The number of Brits using catch-up TV services online has also increased from 17 percent in 2007 to 23 percent, with 15 percent of all internet users choosing the BBC's iPlayer.

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