AMD-commissioned YouGov research into British notebook usage and connectivity reveals that 90% of 18-24-year-olds own a notebook with 73% saying that they "couldn’t live without" it.

Britons apparently consider access to the Internet (67%) as more important than access to a car (54%) or a washing machine (58%).

AMD suggests that "constantly-connected" are shunning face-to-face socialising in favour of social networking and catching up with TV online, as almost half (41%) of men enjoy watching BBC iPlayer on their notebooks, uploading digital photos (80%) and instant messaging (57%).

The study also reveals that Britons’ favourite activity is social networking, with 57% regularly logging on.

Men are more likely to download music (71% men vs. 62% women), whereas women are more interested in chatting with their friends and family on Instant Messenger (75% vs. 72% of men).