People staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic appear to be listening to more radio than music applications, the figures suggest.
Global, which owns Capital FM and the LBC talk station, said online radio listening has increased by 15%.
The BBC said that the streaming of its radio stations had increased by 18% since last week.
Meanwhile, data from two U.S. analytics companies suggests that the use of music streaming apps like Spotify has dropped about 8%.
“These figures indicate that audiences are turning to radio in times of crisis,” said a spokesperson for Global.
BBC Radio and Education Director James Purnell said: “People turn to us for important events for news and analysis, but also for music, entertainment and company .
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The numbers shared by the BBC and Global come from their own online streaming platforms.
Radio Joint Audience Research (Rajar), the official organization that measures radio tuning figures in the UK, has not yet released its latest figures.
According to trusted music industry monitor BuzzAngle, the streaming of American music between March 13 and 19 was down 8.8% from the previous week.
Rolling Stone magazine, which uses another data provider, Alpha Data, said flows were down 7.8%.
“There are probably several causes,” said Mark Savage, music reporter for BBC News.
“Fewer people go to work or go to the gym and the stores that use Spotify for their in-store music are closing.
“The people who stream music in the office also seem to go off and watch Netflix instead and there is a big increase in radio listening – suggesting that we are looking for company alongside our music. “
But not all services are equally affected.
The classical music site Primephonic said that streaming has increased by around 20% since the introduction of isolation measures in Europe.
And any drop in streaming shouldn’t mean less money for musicians.
“Streaming fees are calculated from a fixed percentage of total subscriber income – so even if fewer songs are played, the pot of money remains the same,” said Savage.
People in the UK have turned their attention online to tutoring websites, politics, TV programs and gardening, according to the cyber security company Cloudflare.
The company monitors online traffic to more than 25 million websites that pay for its cyber attack protections.
However, some of the biggest websites in the world, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Pornhub and YouTube do not use the service and are not included in its figures.
He said the biggest increase in traffic in March, compared to February, was seen by websites focused on:
- tutoring (up to 400%)
- political – including political parties and message boards (up 320%)
- TV programs – excluding Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and Netflix (up 210%)
- gardening (+ 200%)
- child rearing (up 160%)
- Christianity (+ 140%)
- information and discussion on board games (+ 140%)
Other topics to see the increases included:
- books – excluding e-books such as Amazon Kindle (up 110%)
- desserts and pastries (+ 80%)
- national news – excluding BBC News and others (up 70%)
- pornography – excluding Pornhub and associated sites (+ 60%)
- Islam (+ 50%)
Several topics have also seen a decline in web traffic, including:
- financial planning (down 69%)
- low-cost travel (down 63%)
- football (down 62%)
- home repairs and DIY (down 23%)
- buying and selling of houses (25% decrease)
- dinner (down 18%)
“It’s not the most representative sample in the world, but it’s not bad given our scale,” said John Graham-Cumming, technical director of Cloudflare.
“We manage more than 26 million websites worldwide.
“We don’t have access to the whole world but we have a lot of websites that use us.
“We manage about 10% of the Fortune 1000 businesses, so you have a good idea of what’s going on on the Internet.”
The company said it also saw a 37% increase in malicious activity such as hacking and phishing in March.
“We always see an increase in hacking activities when students are on vacation, as a lot of hacking is done opportunistically – and we have sent all of our students home,” said Graham-Cumming.
“We have created a situation where we have a lot of people who are technically capable and inactive, so that they can see if they can get into something.”
He reminded people not to click on links in unsolicited emails as there had been a significant increase in fraudulent emails sent.
“We are going through a very stressful time and I think bad actors are trying to exploit this,” he told BBC News.