Men shop more than women... online

And hardly anybody's worried about security anymore...

And hardly anybody's worried about security anymore...

Despite reasonably equal levels of internet use the online habits of men and women contrast sharply when it comes to shopping on the web. Men are far more prolific shoppers online than their fairer sex counterparts, according to the latest research from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Almost half the population use the internet now at work or at home on a daily basis, but while 54 per cent of men have made a purchase online only 43 per cent of women have dared splash the cash on the web. In total 18 per cent of internet users say their primary reason for going online is to shop - just seven per cent said it is to do their banking. The most common reasons for going online are to get information (63 per cent) and to email (20 per cent). One of the most heartening findings from the survey as far as online businesses are concerned is that security fears among web users are diminishing. Only 26 per cent of respondents who do not bank online said it was because of security fears - saying inertia is all that is holding them back, according to a report on Ananova. The age group for which online security is the biggest concern is the 45 to 64 bracket.