Brits spend just under three full days (68 hours) online every month, according to Moneysupermarket.com.

The comparison website said this equates to 34 days a year. Furthermore, Brits spend seven hours a month on their mobile phone, which totals three and a half days every year.

Nearly a third of Brits said they would find it difficult to stay in contact with friends and family if they didn't have internet access or a mobile phone, while a quarter admitted they fear they will miss out on things if they don't have the internet or mobile phones.

Julie Owens, broadband and mobiles spokesperson at moneysupermarket.com, said: "Mobile phones and the internet have become a way of life for millions of people and it is clear from this research that without these essential items, people would find it hard to contact friends and family and would worry about missing out on things".

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