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Almost eight million UK citizens have never used the internet

Numbers are falling
Wed Aug 15 2012, 11:01
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AS MANY AS 7.82 million adults in the UK still have not used the internet, according to data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

However, while the figure is still high, it is down four per cent from the first quarter figure of 8.12 million, and suggests that initiatives such as Race Online 2012 are having an impact on the state of web use in the UK.

Overall, some 42.52 million adults had used the internet in the UK by the second quarter, including around 87 per cent of all men and 82 per cent of all women.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of the those yet to use the web are over 75 years of age, with some 3.3 million yet to go online, and those between 65 and 74 making up another 2.1 million of the total, with the figures decreasing notably down the age brackets surveyed.

The vast majority of non-users of the internet are also the least well off, with the ONS research finding that 355,000 of those surveyed who have never used the web are getting by on less than £200 a week.

South East London has the highest rate of internet users, at 88 per cent, while Northern Ireland has the lowest rate with 77 per cent.

The government will be hoping that the numbers continue to fall as it aims to ensure that the entire population is online with a minimum of 2Mbit/s connections by 2015. µ


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