More than nine in ten (91 percent) Brits have an email account, with the average user sending around 24 emails per day, says Sky Broadband.

Research by the UK ISP, which was conducted to mark the 40th anniversary of email as well as the birthday of the godfather of the web Sir Tim-Berners-Lee, also revealed more than half (51 percent) of UK workers are more likey to send an email to a colleague rather than make a phone call. A quarter (25 percent) of office staff also said they'd panic if their boss could see all of the emails they'd sent from their work account.

Furthermore, 42 percent of Brits haven't sent a handwritten letter in more than six month and 11 percent admitted to flirting with someone they shouldn't over email. Meanwhile, 21 percent of Brits access their emails while on the move from their mobile phones.

The survey also revealed that broadband access topped a list of items that Brits can't live without, beating chocolate, sex and even mobile phones. More than three quarters (78 percent) said the internet helped save time while 70 percent claimed it makes their life easier.

When it comes to what we use the internet for, 25 percent said they download or stream music each week, while 63 percent said the web was a source of entertainment and fun. More than a third (37 percent) shop online, with the south east being named the UK's online buying capital after 42 percent of residents admit they regularly shop online. More than six in ten (61 percent) use social networks each week as well.

"While obviously most of us will use the internet for a multitude of reasons, it's really interesting to see that the peaks in activity really do vary and spike across the nation," said Jon Blumberg, Commercial Director at Sky Broadband.