Factors Affecting UK Internet Usage

Do you know anyone who has never used the Internet?

I was reading new data on the train today published by The UK Office of National Statistics (ONS). The study showed that age is a primary factor in determining the population´s Internet usage.

According to figures for the second quarter of 2013, two-thirds of Britons aged 75 and above, or 3.2 million people, have never used the Internet. By contrast, 99% of all adults aged between 16 and 24 have.

The data shows that 86% of adults aged 16 and above, or 43.6 million people, are Internet users, with the remaining 14%, or 7.1 million, being non-users. Consequently, elderly non-users account for a surprising 45% of the 7.1 million adult non-users, ONS said.

In terms of sex, 88% of men, or 21.9 million, and 84% of women, or 21.8 million, have used the Internet. Compared to the second quarter of last year, male Internet users have increased by 1.4%, whereas female users went up by 1.8%. The figures also reveal that some 33% of disabled adults have never used the web. They represent 54% of the 7.1 million adult non-users.

Internet usage also differs geographically. The regions with the highest proportion of Internet users are London and the South East (89%), whereas Northern Ireland has the lowest percentage (79%).

Since the launch of the survey in the first quarter of 2011, the number of Internet users has grown by 2.9 million people, or 7%, from 40.8 million, ONS added.

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By Ben Hollom

By |2013-08-15T05:59:02+00:0015th, August 2013|Uncategorised, Uncategorized|