Happy Technomas: technology takes over Brits festive behaviour

Gadgets and technology have helped change the nation’s Christmas Day habits.

While 20 years ago, the Christmas Day movie and the Queen’s Speech were a firm part of the nation’s Christmas Day, their popularity has declined today with families now more likely to go for a walk and as personal devices help provide the entertainment.

Additionally, our research shows that Brits will spend an average of 2.1 hours glued to their mobile or tablet screens on Christmas Day.

With fewer than one in ten (9%) pledging not to check their phones, one in twenty (4%) will spend more than six hourson their mobiles.

New Christmas traditions have also emerged in recent years with a quarter of the country (26%) playing games on their consoles, 17% Skype-ing friends or family overseas and 16% sat in different rooms watching TV programmes and films on iPads/tablets. Almost one in ten (7%) will put unwanted gifts on eBay.

With over a quarter of all presents (27%) requiring charging or plugging into the mains, it looks like the nation is set for a Christmas Day power surge at 11am – the most popular time for opening gifts.

But for parents, Christmas Day will be a confusing time with two fifths (40%) of kids’ questions about how their presents work going unanswered by baffled parents. One in ten parents (11%) don’t feel confident answering any of their child’s questions about the technology behind the presents, with parents in the South West least likely to be able to explain how things work. Meanwhile almost a third of Scots (30%) are confident they can answer all of their children’s festive technology questions.


Families who want to know more about how technology works and meet the people behind it can use the Christmas period to plan a trip to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The annual event inspires young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The event, aimed primarily at 11-14 year old children and their parents, will take place from 16 to 19 March 2016.

Free tickets to The Big Bang Fair are available now at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.

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