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Brits use Facebook more than the landline to keep in touch

Tom Lambert
CandidSky’s Co-founder and Technical Director. Tom has a passion for innovation and problem solving.

September 19, 2011

2 minute read

Facebook vs Phone

Facebook or your landline?

The Daily Mail newspaper has reported this week that one in five British people will contact friends and family through Facebook rather than picking up their home phone.

Brits use Facebook to get in contact with people on average 3.2 times per week, compared to 1.2 times from their landline.

According to broadband provider Talk Talk, most 25 – 34 year olds prefer to contact friends and family online than use their mobile or landline.

Facebook hasn’t won yet

However, the social network site hasn’t taken over mobile phones yet. A Talk Talk spokesperson has said calling from a mobile still remains the most popular way to stay in touch with people.

According to the newspaper, employees will now contact colleagues using their mobile, email, text messages and Facebook.

Will Facebook overtake mobile phones?

At the moment no. I think people will always use a mobile first because you can get hold of someone there and then, rather than waiting for a response on Facebook. Not everyone logs onto Facebook every hour whereas people will probably check their mobile every hour.

Facebook clearly has a very dominate role in helping people communicate with each other and I can see this will only continue and become more popular as time goes on. It will be interesting to see how the younger generation will use social networking sites like Facebook in the future and see how heavily they depend on them.

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