A growing number of people who use ink supplies to print their favourite photos may also be taking to Facebook to share snaps with friends.

According to a study by YouGov, usage of the social media site is expected to grow next year, with the research firm suggesting it could become the first port of call for many people when they go online, displacing Google.

"In terms of visits, it's already the number one site in the US and a close second to Google in the UK. According to YouGov's own social media tracker, three-fifths of the UK online population now use Facebook more than once a day," the company noted.

Mobile printing apps for tablets may also be useful for many people, as usage of these gadgets is also set for growth, with the items potentially replacing traditional media such as newspapers, YouGov predicted.

Such devices could also take the place of desktop PCs, computing lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London Dr Mick Grierson recently stated, as they are far more convenient for home users.

Other top trends for 2012 suggested by YouGov include growing adoption of smart TVs and a continuing increase in the popularity of smartphones.