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Only one in five Brits who use the Net at home spend more than ten hours surfing per month, according to a survey out today.

These 'heavy users' of the Internet account for more than 70 per cent of all time spent online in the UK, the Jupiter MMXI report states.

Most of these keen surfers are men (68 per cent), and their preferred sites are Guardianunlimited.co.uk, Ebookers.com, Theglobe.com and Virgin.com.

Women's top sites are QXL, Barclaycard.co.uk, Streetsonline.com, MP3.com, Shopsmart.com and Thomascook.co.uk.

There were 14 million Brits using the Net at home in April - on average they spent just over seven hours online during the month (or around 25 minutes per day). This was up from four hours in October 1999, when Jupiter researchers first conducted the survey.

Average use compares to six hours in France, 12 hours in Germany, and 15 hours in Canada.

The overall top sites in the UK for April were MSN.com, Yahoo.com, Microsoft.com, Freeserve.com and Passport.com. ®

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