By Claire West

According to the latest Ofcom research people in the UK are using their mobile phones for social networking more than in other countries, with 24 per cent of UK consumers compared to 13 per cent of people in Germany. Younger people in the UK are more likely to visit social networking sites on their mobiles than in other countries, with 45 per cent of 18-24s and 38 per cent of 25-34s saying that they did this.

The number of social networkers is also higher in the UK than other comparator countries among 18-24s and 55-64s. Eighty-six per cent of 18-24s in the UK say they use the internet for social networking, compared to 77 per cent in France and 48 per cent in Japan.

Forty five per cent of 55-64s in the UK say they use the internet for social networking compared to 30 per cent in Germany and 13 per cent in Japan. Overall, Italy has the highest percentage of adults who use the internet for social networking at 63.4 per cent, closely followed by the UK and USA at 63.2 per cent.

Mobile messaging also continues to grow across the globe with Australia having the highest average use at 254 text and picture messages per person per month. The UK is second biggest text messaging nation in Europe after Ireland, with 140 messages per person per month (218 per person per month in Ireland).