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Two-thirds of Brits will go online on Christmas Day

Thursday, December 24th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Two-thirds of UK adults plan to go online on Christmas Day, a survey has revealed.

A poll of just over 2,000 UK adults who celebrate the Christmas holiday found that 67% plan to go online on tomorrow, with one in five 25-34-year-olds saying that having wi-fi is “essential” for a successful Christmas Day.

Of the 67% who plan to go online, 38% will spread festive cheer on Facebook while 18% will check out Boxing Day sales.

The figures rise for 25-34 year olds with just under half (48%) using social media and a quarter (25%) looking for online deals.

The poll, carried out by YouGov for Virgin Media, found that one in 10 UK adults would sacrifice alcohol to stay online this Christmas, while 9% would give up chocolate.

The research also revealed the modern-day etiquette for the internet-savvy generation at Christmas time.

43% of those surveyed said they would ask for, or expect to be offered, their host’s wi-fi password this Christmas, with 39% of people believing they should extend the same courtesy when they have visitors.

More than a quarter (27%) of those polled said a host’s internet connection should only be used for basic internet activities like checking emails or social media, while 14% said guests should be able to use it for whatever they like.

According to the poll, 14% of guests would let the host know if their wi-fi didn’t meet their browsing needs.

Project Lightning

In November, Virgin reported record customer growth in the previous quarter, driven partly by demand for its broadband bundles.

The company's results for the three months ending 30 September showed that 42,000 customers signed up to the provider – the highest gain recorded in those three months since Virgin Media was created in 2007.

The company added 67,500 subscriptions in the UK, 55,500 of which were for broadband.

And more than half of new broadband customers chose speeds of 100Mbps plus.

Virgin also announced boosts to its speeds, taking its 50Mbps, 100Mbps and 152Mbps speeds up to 70Mbps, 150Mbps and 200Mbps.

Virgin’s £3m Project Lightning, which is connecting 4m UK premises to ultrafast broadband, has already launched in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.

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