It has brought continents together, helped bring down dictators and transformed the way we shop, keep abreast of world events and even check the weather or hail a taxi.
But, according to researchers, one – presumably unintended – consequence of the digital revolution could be a marked deterioration in the average British couple’s sex life.
New figures published by Prof David Spiegelhalter, a Cambridge University statistician, point to a sharp but unexplained decline in the regularity with which couples have sex in the years since the birth of the World Wide Web.
According research conducted for Prof Spiegelhalter’s newly published book, Sex By Numbers, a typical heterosexual British couple has sex just three times a month on average.
That compares with a figure of four times a month according to similar research conducted in 2000 while in 1990 the figure stood at five times a month.
Prof Spiegelhalter said it was clear the figures concealed wide variations between couples but nevertheless pointed to a possible downward trend.
He said that while it was difficult to ascribe a clear reason for the apparent national passion drought, one possibility is the increasing encroachment of work into private life made possible by the mobile revolution.
Explaining the figures on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour he said: “That’s the median, of course there is enormous variation around that in terms of numbers.
“Averages [on their own] don’t really express what’s going on.”
He added: “The researchers who carried out the survey, when forced to give an answer they think it is busyness – connectivity.
“We used to have a very big separation between our public lives and our private lives now they are so mixed up and integrated.
“People are checking their emails all the time, you do not have this same sort of quiet empty time that there used to be.” – -The Telegraph