Internet usage in
Coventry is on the rise, but the flood of people buying new
computers has slowed to a trickle this Christmas.
An extensive government
survey of people’s computer habits has revealed that 29 per
cent of those living in the West Midlands now have internet
access – an increase of nine per cent.
In the UK as a whole 8
million people have access. More than half of all adults have
gone on-line at some point in the last three months, and over 80
per cent of 16-24-year-olds use the internet.
But contrary to last
year, the amount of people buying new machines has fallen at PC
Managers are hoping that
people will come in after Christmas. Instead of the machines
being bought as a present for an individual, purchasing of PCs
tends to be a decision involving the whole family.
Steve Martin, manager at
PC World in London Road, said it had been “very quiet” this
year compared to last year.
He said he believed
there were a number of reasons for this, including a wider range
of places where people could buy computers.
But he said the speed
with which machines became outdated was also putting people off:
”People are getting
a bit fed up with the computer industry because you have to
upgrade so much. People’s awareness is a lot greater now and
they will shop around more and wait until they can buy the
exact thing that they want.
“Our sale starts on
Boxing Day and we are hoping that people will start to come in
Mr Martin said he
thought that a lot of people who were interested in getting a
computer now had one.