THE UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS (ONS) has released its latest internet statistics, revealing that 17 percent of British households still don't have internet access.
ONS' latest figures show that 83 percent of households have access to the internet this year, up from 80 percent in 2012 and 77 percent the year previous. While this shows an increase, it reveals that 17 percent of UK households still don't have access to the internet, equating to around four million homes.
Still, this seems to be mainly down to choice, with most households that lack an internet connection saying they "didn't need it". This means that over two million Brits simply don't want access to the internet.
However, 20 percent said they didn't have internet access because of a lack of computer skills, while the rest of those surveyed said that costs are still too high.
Those 83 percent of households with access to the internet, however, seemingly cannot get enough of it. 36 million adults, or 73 percent of people aged 16 and over, have accessed the internet every day this year, an increase of 20 million compared to 2006.
Almost all of these people are accessing the web to buy things, according to ONS' figures, with 72 percent of adults having made a purchase on the web this year. Those not shopping are probably wasting time on Facebook and Twitter, with 53 percent of adults accessing social networking websites this year. This activity unsurprisingly is most popular among 16-24 year olds, with 93 percent of this age group using social networks.
Younger folk are also opting against accessing the internet traditionally, instead browsing the internet via mobile phone devices.
Almost 90 percent of 16-24 year olds are shunning PCs and laptops in 2013, accessing the internet via mobile devices, with 25-34 year olds and 35-44 year olds picking up on the trend too, as 82 percent and 70 percent, respectively, browsed the internet on mobile phones. Slightly less than 10 percent of people aged 65+ also were doing so, up from around two percent back in 2010.
In total, according to ONS, 53 percent of adults are using their mobile phones to access the internet, with 32 percent choosing tablet or laptop devices instead. µ
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