Published: 16th May 2013
More than four-fifths of the UK population have been online, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Its latest Internet Access Quarterly Update, found that the number of British adults who have never used the internet has fallen from 7.42 million (15 per cent) in the last quarter of 2012 to 7.1 million (14 per cent) in the first free months of this year.
This means 86 per cent of the population have now accessed the world wide web. The ONS research shows that men are more likely to use the internet, with 88 per cent of males having been online compared to 84 per cent of females.
Age also plays a big part in determining if a person is likely to access the web. Only one per cent of adults aged between 16 and 24 have never been online. However, just over a third (34 per cent) of Britons aged 75 and over have connected to the internet, although this is up from 31 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The report highlighted that 32 per cent (3.7 million) of disabled adults have never been online and people with disabilities account for 53 per cent of the total adults who have never used the web.
Unsurprisingly, wealth also has a bearing on internet access, with five per cent of people whose gross weekly pay is below £200 having never used the web. Conversely, 98 per cent of Britons who earn more than £500 a week have been online.
In terms of location, London has the most internet users, with 90 per cent of the city having been online. In all other areas of the UK, over 80 per cent of the population has been connected, with the exception of Northern Ireland, which has the lowest amount of internet users at just 79 per cent.
One of the main reasons for this may be the high amount of people that live in rural areas where a reliable connection is harder to find.
Posted by Craig Roberts
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