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UK tablet use almost doubles inside a year
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The number of adults using tablets to go online has almost doubled in a year with 30% of UK adults using the devices.

Ofcom's Adults' Media Use and Attitudes Report - an annual stats-fest - says that only 16% of adults used a tablet in the UK in 2012, but that rose hugely in 2013's figures.

This figure is in line with the latest BBC iPlayer stats, which show that 29% of its requests now come from tablet - the same number as from PCs.

Silver surfers

Interestingly, one of the biggest growth areas for tablets is among the 65-74 range, which has grown from 5% to 17% in a year.

Smartphone use was also on the up in 2013 - with six in ten adults now opting for connected phones, up 8% on the year before.

And the stats don't stop there, with Ofcom revealing that 55% of us use our phones for emails and social networks, and three in ten use Skype or Facetime-like services to video chat.

But TV on the go is not quite at the same level: just one in five people have watched a TV programme on their phone.

Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the ex-Editor in Chief of TechRadar. Patrick was a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.  After a long stint as the boss at TechRadar, Patrick has now moved on to a role with Apple, where he is the Managing Editor for the App Store in the UK.