The average UK teenager spends 87 hours a year viewing online porn, according to new research conducted by OnePoll in the UK.

The new CyberSentinel survey (conducted via global research organisation www.onepoll.com) quizzed over a thousand UK teens between the ages of 13 and 15.

Some of the findings were not that shocking – with UK teens in that age group spending over 31 hours in an average week surfing the internet.

Porn and plastic surgery popular

What is perhaps more shocking was that the average teen spends over eight hours a week browsing soft porn, cosmetic surgery, dieting and weight loss, family planning and emotional support websites.

"At least one hour and 40 minutes a week – that's just under 87 hours a year – is spent looking at soft porn," claims the study.

"A further one hour and 35 minutes is spent surfing dieting and weight loss websites and forums. And another hour and eight minutes is dedicated to exploring cosmetic surgery websites, to learn about boob jobs, bum lifts and collagen implants."

The research was conducted by www.cybersentinel.co.uk, software that claims to offer parents the ability to block websites and monitor their kid's use of the internet.

Ellie Puddle, Marketing Director of CyberSentinel said: "The alarming thing about this research is that it shows that teenagers are obviously exploring all sorts of topics as a result of modern-day pressures [and] they find it easier to go online to conduct their research than asking mum and dad for advice."

Breakdown of the average teenager's time online each week

  • Downloading music 1 hour 40 minutes
  • YouTube 2 hours 2 minutes
  • MSN 3 hours 29 minutes
  • Chatrooms 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Virtual World sites 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Homework/research 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Shopping 1 hour 49 minutes
  • Auction sites 1 hour 28 minutes
  • Cosmetic surgery 1 hour 8 minutes
  • Soft porn 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Dieting/weight loss 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Family planning/pregnancy 1 hour 32 minutes
  • NHS Direct/Health 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Samaritans 1 hour 1 minute
  • Dating 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Social networking 3 hours 47 minutes