The number of people over 55 using the internet has grown by 90 per cent in the last year, according to a survey from web measurement firm NetValue.
These two million seasoned users now make up more than 13 per cent of the total UK online population.
The figures mean that the UK has one of the largest silver surfer populations in the European Union, with only Sweden and Denmark doing better.
The survey found that older people are using the web to run their bank accounts and now make up more than 40 per cent of online banking customers.
NetValue managing director Alkie Manias said the results were good news for the banking sector.
Other areas of interest to more mature surfers are ancestry and genealogy sites. Older people are four times more likely than younger browsers to visit sites that can tell them about their family history.
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