Net spend is a priority before food; LIFESTYLE.
More than half of families play computer games every week and a third surf the net together.
The study found households spend pounds 3,000 a year on gadgets with an average 1.6 PCs per home.
Almost 3.4 million parents rely on social network sites such as Facebook and MySpace to stay in touch with their kids.
Telecom group O2 polled 1,000 people for its Digital Families report out today.
Almost seven out of 10 said technology played a vital role in helping them bond and stay in touch while eight out of 10 felt mobile phones made organising family life easier..