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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Nearly nine in ten Britons have used the internet, according to official figures. 

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed 86 per cent (43.8 million) of adults have now been online. This is an increase of one million when compared to the third-quarter of 2012. 

Only 14 per cent of adults (seven million) have never used the internet, which is a drop of 616,000 on last year. 

There are clear demographic trends when it comes to web use, with 99 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds having been online. The figures are similar for 25 to 34-year-olds and 35 to 44-year-olds, standing at 98.7 and 97.3 per cent respectively

However, internet use is significantly less common among older generations, with only a third (33 per cent) of people aged 75 and above having been online. For the 55 to 64 age group, 86 per cent of individuals have accessed the web, while 67.6 per cent of 65-74-year-olds have done so.

Men are also slightly more likely to go on the net, with 88 per cent of males having used the web compared to 84 per cent of women.

In terms of location, London has the most internet users, with 90 per cent of people in the capital having been online. The lowest number is in Northern Ireland, where only 80 per cent of adults have gone on the net at least once, although this is up from 72.4 per cent in 2011. 

Cumbria is the area of England with the least internet users, with 80.2 per cent of residents having accessed the web.

The ONS figures also revealed there tends to be a correlation between gross pay and internet access, with 4.7 per cent of people on the lowest pay band having never gone online, compared to zero per cent in the three highest bands.