Around half of British adults visited a pornographic website or app in 2020, a year in which the COVID pandemic caused more activity of every kind to shift online, media regulator Ofcom said on Wednesday.
About 26 million Britons visited an adult website or app in September 2020, with the largest, Pornhub, attracting around a third of online adults, representing half of all British men and 16% of British women, Ofcom said in its annual survey of the nation's online habits.
Ofcom said it had started research on adult content as part of its new duty to regulate UK-based video-sharing platforms and as it prepared to take on responsibilities for online safety.
Internet use rose last year as lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus curtailed options for work, education, socialising, entertainment and shopping, the survey showed.
The average time spent online on smartphones, tablets and computers increased to 3 hours and 37 minutes a day, nine minutes up on 2019 and more than an hour longer than in Germany and France, and 30 minutes more than Spain.