United Kingdom – More than five million people in the UK have never used the internet, according to new figures released by the Office Of National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS released its Internet Access report for 2016, which reveals that just over one in ten adults (10.2% or 5.3 million) had NEVER used the Internet and that’s an improvement from 11.4% in 2015 or 13% in 2013.
The repost says issues of disability and age remain key barriers.
Overall almost all adults aged 16 to 24 years were recent Internet users (99.2%), but this falls to only 38.7% of adults aged 75 years and over. Elsewhere 89.4% of men (22.8 million) and 86.4% of women (23.1 million) were classified as recent Internet users in 2016, which is up from 87.9% and 84.6% in 2015 respectively.
But sadly a quarter (25.0%) of disabled adults had never used the Internet in 2016, which is down slightly from 27.4% in 2015. But once again age can play a major role because 97.3% of disabled adults aged 16 to 24 years were recent Internet users, yet this falls to just 30.8% for disabled adults aged 75 years+.
“While we have seen a notable increase in internet usage across all groups in recent years, many older and disabled people are still not online, with two-thirds of women over 75 having never used the internet,” said Pete Lee, from ONS’ Surveys and Economic Indicators Division, speaking to online publication ISP Review.