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Study: UK is a nation of internet addicts

76% of us can't live without the web

The UK is a nation of net-addicts, with 76 percent of Brits admitting they can't live without the web.

Research conducted by YouGov, revealed that 44 percent of web users in the UK admitted to feeling frustrated and confused if unable to get online while a further 27 percent also experienced increased stress levels. These feelings have even been recognised as a condition called Discomgoogolation, which is defined as 'the feeling of distress or anxiety when unable to gain immediate information access'.

The survey also highlighted that 26 percent of respondents feel the internet is 'absolutely vital' to organising their lives while 19 percent revealed that in a week, they spend more time on the internet than with their family and 20 percent admitted they pay the internet more attention than their partner.

"The proliferation of broadband has meant for the first time in history we have entered a culture of iinstant answers - a galaxy of information is just a mouse click away and we have become addicted to the web," said Dr David Lewis, a psychologist who worked on the study.

"It seems to be especially stressful when people are out and about, as people often need to make many short notice decisions at this time, but feel they are doing so without the full information the internet usually gives them," added Dr Lewis.

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