MORE than three- quarters of people expect to shun their local bank branch in future in favour of ban- king online.
Around 77% expect to keep track of their finances and carry out transactions over the internet during the next five years, broadband provider Pipex said today.
And 72% of those questioned said they expected to pay their bills online in the next five years.
More than half of UK homes now have access to the internet, and around a third of these have broadband.
The research also found that 44% of people said they would use the internet to house-hunt in future, while 42% hope to be working from home within five years, and 7% hope to find a partner online.
Women are more likely to shop online than men, with 40% buying clothes and the same proportion buying food over the internet, compared with just 36% of men who would log on to buy clothes and 32% who would buy food using their computer.
Ian Mackenzie, director of broadband at Pipex, said: "Despite the hype of the dot com bubble some years ago, home use of the internet has rocketed in the last few years and broadband is behind this renaissance."
YouGov questioned 1,900 people during July.