The proportion of U.K. adults making video calls doubled during lockdown, with use of the Zoom platform up nearly 20-fold, according to a study from media regulator Ofcom.
The Online Nation report charts a seismic shift in online activity during confinement with 70 percent of please 18 and over now making a video call at least once a week. Time spent online increased around 14 percent compared with September 2019 to a daily average of four hours and two minutes.
Social media platforms have benefitted from a surge in users, according to the report. Chinese micro-video sharing app TikTok reached 12.9 million adult visitors in April, up from 5.4 million in January while Twitch, the live streaming platform for video gamers, went from 2.3 million to 4.2 million adult users.
Houseparty, an app which offers video calls for groups and games, grew from 175,000 adult visitors in January to 4 million in April. And Zoom, virtual venue for business meetings and social gatherings alike, went from 659,000 to 13 million users between January and April.
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