A quick trip to the pub for a pint has been replaced with surfing the web as the ultimate source of happiness, for men at least.

According to the Happiness Index study, which surveyed 8,500 adults aged between 18 and 64, nearly 50 percent of men reveled they thought happiness was surfing the internet, playing online games or using Facebook and other social-networking sites, compared to just 39 percent of women.

Drinking with friends came second with 38 percent of men claiming it brought them joy, although we can only speculate on whether they meant a few pints or a couple of orange juices.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of women said having meals and spending time together as a family made them happiest.

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