Email is the most popular method in Europe when it comes to sharing files with friends and family, says One.com.
Research of 272 Europeans by the web hosting firm revealed 80 percent said they prefer to share documents, photos, music and videos by email, while just seven percent burn discs to give to friends and family. Furthermore, 82 percent of Europeans admitted they shared more files in 2011 than they did in 2010. Brits were the most likely to increase their file-sharing over the past year with 92 percent saying their file sharing has surged, followed by Belguim with 83 percent and Denmark with 82 percent.
More than one in five of Sweedish residents said they shared less files last year than in 2010. Two in five said the reason behind the decrease in file-sharing was fewer opprtunities to do so, while 13 percent cited concerns over privacy.
Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of file-sharing involves laptops, while 22 percent uses desktop computers. Despite the popularity of tablet PCs and smartphones, just two percent of file-sharing uses tablet PCs and 12 percent takes place using smartphones.
Photos are the most-commonly shared files, with 79 percent of respondents admitting to distriburing these to others. Meanwhile, text documents were the next most popular at 62 percent, closely followed by PDF files at 61 percent, spreadsheets at 47 percent and music at 31 percent.
One.com also revealed file-sharing occurs the most during the second half of the day, with 47 percent saying they're more like to share files between midday and 6pm mainly, while more than a third (36 percent) file share between 6pm and midnight.
"People often think that sharing large files can be complicated and time-consuming, especially if you use ftp servers with complicated log-in procedures or need to split the data into different packages so it can fit on two or three USB sticks", said Thomas Medard Frederiksen, COO at One.com.
"It does not need to be complicated. With our Cloud Drive, part of our web hosting packages, you can store files easily and safely and create a sharable link directly on your computer, through the browser or with one of the apps for mobile devices. You can give the link to those you want to share some folder, files or pictures with and by clicking on the link, the recipient can access all the data you have chosen to share."