Friday, 18 November 2011

UK internet usage sees sharp rise

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have shown a sharp rise in internet usage in the UK.

During the three months to September, almost 300,000 Britons surfed the worldwide web for the first time, taking the number of net savvy adults in the territory to 41.6 million.

ONS confirmed that the age divide among internet users is closing, reporting that 164,000 adults aged 75 and over are now online. More than 98 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds have web access.
Income and disability were identified as potential barriers to internet access. UK residents earning less than £300 a week made up 13.5% of the 8.43 million who have never surfed the web. All of the 1.4 million adults earning over £1,000 a week confirmed that they are connected.
Disabled people accounted for more than half of the 8.43 million Britons who never used the internet during the quarter. More than 72 percent of the over 75s surveyed had also never surfed the net, despite the overall increase reported among this age group.
ONS's research was taken from its quarterly Labour Force Survey and published online this week.

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