Four in ten UK internet users would hand over their TV if they had to choose between that and their internet connection, in what's being said is a sign that the Internet has become "an integral part of life today".

The stats, from research agency, GfK NOP's "Connected Life" study, also show 53% would "find it hard to function" without their internet connection while 38% are using their PC to watch TV and video content online.

"The results of our survey give a remarkable indication of how embedded the internet has become in our daily lives, particularly considering the television's long established place in UK leisure time", Babita Earle at GfK Technology comments.

"There’s a clear shift in usage of the internet for doing more than just daily tasks - it's becoming the key entertainment and communications platform, and will only continue to do so as new and old media continue to converge".