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Most old people have never used the Internet - ONS usage stats for Q2 2013

Simon Jary | Aug. 15, 2013
The UK Office for National Statistics has released its "Internet Access Quarterly Update, Q2 2013" with some shocking facts about the level of non-Internet use among older and disabled people.

14 percent of UK adults (7.1 million) have never used the Internet, with a staggering two thirds of all people aged 75 and over ignorant of all things online.

The UK's Office for National Statistics, in its "Internet Access Quarterly Update, Q2 2013" report, states that the 3.2 million non-users aged 75 years and over made up 45 percent of the 7.1 million people who had never used the Internet at in the second quarter (Q2) of 2013.

At Q2 2013, there were 43.6 million adults in the UK who had ever used the Internet, representing 86 percent of the adult population. Only 1.5 million older UK citizens (75+) had used the Internet.

Just four in every ten men and three in every ten women aged 75+ have used the Internet.

Over all ages ranges men (88%) were more likely to be Internet users than women (84%).

By region, London and the South East had the highest proportion of Internet users (89%) and Northern Ireland the lowest (79%).

UK Internet use by age
Age is a key factor as to whether an individual has used the Internet. Almost all adults aged 16 to 24 years (99%) had ever used the Internet.

In contrast, only 33 percent of adults aged 75 years and over had ever used the Internet, representing 1.5 million people.

The 7.1 million adults who had never used the Internet represented 14 percent of the adult population.

There was a decrease, since Q1 2013, of 23,000 adults (0.3%) who had never used the Internet and a decrease of 748,000 adults (10%) compared with a year earlier (Q2 2012).

Since the survey began (Q1 2011) the number of Internet users has increased by 2.9 million (7%), from 40.8 million.

UK Internet use by sex
There were 21.9 million male and 21.8 million female Internet users. Men were more likely to have used the Internet than women, with 88 percent of men having ever used the Internet compared to 84 percent of women.

There were 1.2 million more women than men who had never used the Internet; 4.1 million women compared with 2.9 million men.

These trends have been similar since the first quarterly survey was undertaken at Q1 2011.

In the 12 months since Q2 2012, the proportion of people who have ever used the Internet has increased by 1.4 percentage points for men and 1.8 percentage points for women.

Whereas Internet non-use was relatively similar for males and females aged 16 to 64 years, Internet non-use differed for adults aged 65 years and over. For example, whereas 28% of males aged 65 to 74 years had never used the Internet, the corresponding total for females was


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