Tablets creating 'a nation of media multi-taskers'

The huge growth in take-up of smartphones and tablets is creating a nation of media multi-taskers, an Ofcom report published today suggests.

Tablet ownership is driving the use of second screens, and enticing people to the main television room, according to the annual study.

A girl using a tablet computer.
Ofcom says the UK is becoming a nation of media multi-taskers thanks to tablets. Credit: J.M. Guyon/Candybox Images/Press Association Images

More than half of tablet owners - 56 percent - use their device for viewing audiovisual content, and half of these do so while in the living room.

A fifth of families with a tablet said they watch different content on different screens while in the same room all or most of the time.

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Living room is 'a digital hub'

The traditional living room is being transformed into a digital media hub where the household watches television while multi-tasking via tablets and smartphones, according to a report by the media regulator Ofcom.