据外媒报道,英国监管机构英国通信办公室(Ofcom)今日发布了一份新报告,报告显示,4月份,也就是该国新冠病毒被封锁的高峰期,英国人平均每天的上网时间为4小时2分钟。 Last September, the figure was less than three and a half hours. Today’s figures broke records, according to the report’s publisher.
Video conferencing has become increasingly popular since the beginning of the embargo. According to Ofcom, the blockade has accelerated the process, although the UK is already starting to use such tools. The agency says seven out of every 10 people in the UK make video calls at least once a week, up from 35 per cent before the blockade. The increase was driven by those aged 65 and over who were forced to stay at home. Usage in this age group rose from 22% in February to 61% in May.
Ofcom also found in its report that many people were concerned about cyberbullying, cyber-sprays and age-inappropriate content. In response, the regulator said it was still preparing to act as a regulatory social media service provider to ensure they removed inappropriate content. In the statement, Ofcom’s director of strategy and research, Yih-Choung Teh, said:
“The blockade may leave a lasting digital legacy. The new crown virus has fundamentally changed the way we live, work and communicate online, with millions of people using online video services for the first time.
As the way we communicate and the network of people broaden, our role is to help ensure that people have a positive experience, that they are safe and protected. “