It has been predicted for years, but phones and tablets are finally starting to replace PCs and laptops rather than just supplement them.
An Ofcom study has found 16 per cent of adults now exclusively use smartphones or tablets to go online, a 10 per cent increase on last year.
The study also found half of adults (51 per cent) who use search engines do not realize the top items on many results pages are adverts or sponsored links.
The figures are from Ofcom’s Adults’ Media Use And Attitudes Report.
‘This indicates these devices are not just supplementing PCs and laptops, but are starting to replace them,’ the regulator said.
‘There is a need for people to be more aware or savvy about the content they are accessing online’.
There has also been a significant increase – from 31 per cent last year to 42 per cent – in the proportion of internet users who say they only use websites or apps that they have used before.
The trend, which is particularly prominent in over 25s, ‘points to a narrowing use of the internet’, Ofcom concluded.