Brits use internet at least 30 times a week for cooking tips, DIY tricks and find trivia
The average Brit will consult the internet 30 times a week for things like cooking advice, TV show queries and DIY tricks.
A study of 2,000 UK adults revealed how often the typical person turns to an online search engine or a smart speaker for help – with one in 20 claiming to use it more than 100 times in an average week.2
One in 20 claim they use a search engine for help more than 100 times a weekCredit: SWNS:South West News Service City locations, shop opening hours and how to fix a broken appliance appeared among the most popular things for Brits to search.
How to make bread, good TV shows to watch and how to unblock a drain also featured in the top 50, along with how to take a meter reading, how to repair a fridge
, historical trivia and customer service phone numbers.
The study, commissioned by British Gas, also revealed that during lockdown, a third of those polled have used the internet for help more than they used to.
But thanks to the availability of online advice, nearly half believe they have become more self-sufficient in recent weeks.
For 46 per cent, they were left feeling rewarded after discovering how much they can get done without relying on others or seeking professional assistance, while three in 10 said it has saved them money.
Sunny Solanky, a British Gas service and repair engineer, said: “People are becoming a lot more independent having spent weeks in lockdown.
"It’s great to see that people are using the advice available online to help with more basic DIY issues and to minimise the need for home visits while social distancing measures are in place. “There are some problems that really do need an engineer though, so we are here to help when needed, and have fixed more than 150,000 boilers since lockdown began.
The 17th most used search is “how to fix an appliance”. For appliance repairs in Croydon, give us a call 0800 779 7458.
"We wear protective clothing when we visit, ask our customers to wait in another room and keep the area well-ventilated while we work.”
The research also found 47 per cent have learnt a new skill in recent weeks by using Google or another device.
One in three empowered Brits are now more likely to turn to Google or ask a device for assistance in future, before reaching out to the pros – with one in five doing so to solve problems in the home, and 23 per cent trying their hand at more DIY.
In fact, millions have already had a go at decorating a wall, putting up pictures, fixing dripping taps and leaks, and applying new sealant to bathrooms and kitchens – all with the help of Google.
And more than half of those polled, via OnePoll, have managed to fix something while stuck at home during lockdown, without the help of a professional.2
Sunny Solanky, a British Gas service and repair engineer, said: “People are becoming a lot more independent having spent weeks in lockdown"Credit: SWNS:South West News Service.
Almost six in 10 respondents use the internet or their smart devices for help because they provide a quick solution, while 28 per cent say being able to quickly search for something via Siri, Alexa or another gadget has helped settle an argument.
Google is the most common place to look for answers, used by eight in 10 adults, with 22 per cent asking their Alexa smart speaker.
British Gas has a host of content on its website to help customers with basic issues around the home.
Some of its engineers have also been sharing some quick how-to videos on social media.
Sunny Solanky added: “While we’re all looking forward to when things go back to normal, we can take some positives from the past few weeks.
"Many of us have finally found the time to get through our admin, home repairs and home improvements – without necessarily paying someone to come in and help.
“Sometimes there’s a lot of choice when it comes to finding advice online, which can be confusing.
"We recommend visiting trusted websites and resources, where the expertise comes from professionals like us.
“There’s advice on YouTube and on our website to help with common heating and hot water problems, and we offer a voice-activated troubleshooting service with Google Assistant.
"But remember, we’re only a phone call away if you have any safety concerns, or feel out of your depth.”
For fast appliance repairs in Croydon, call Repair Pro on 0800 779 7458 or go to www.appliancerepairco.co.uk/appliance-repairs
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