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ONS Study Finds 7.42 Million UK Adults Have Never Used the Internet

Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2013 (10:15 am) - Score 460

The governments Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest Internet Access Quarterly Update Q4-2012, which reveals that a total of 43.07 million UK adults have used the internet (85% of the population). The number of adults who have never gone online stands at 7.42 million (15%) and happily this has declined by 3% since Q3-2012.

Meanwhile men (87%) remain more likely to be Internet users than women (83%), yet age and disability are more important factors. Almost all adults aged 16-24 years (99%) have used the Internet (7.12 million people) but only 31% of adults aged 75 years+ have gone online (1.44 million people). Similarly some 3.80 million of disabled adults have never used the Internet.

How much you earn (weekly income) is another factor in whether or not people choose to go online. Indeed 6% (300,000) of people whose gross weekly pay was less than £200 per week have never used the internet but nearly all of those earning in excess of £500 a week do go online.

Internet Access Quarterly Update Q4-2012 (PDF)

By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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