A staggering eight million UK adults have still yet to use the internet according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
This is despite on-going attempts by the government and organisations like Race Online 2012 to encourage the nation to start using the web and benefits from online services.
Although the figure is still high, it was down by 224,000 compared to the third quarter of 2011, which in turn was a decrease of almost 300,000 on the previous quarter again, suggesting progress is being made on the issue.
The highest proportion of users that have never been online are generally over 65, while women are more likely not to have accessed the internet than men.
UK digital champion Martha Lane Fox, who heads up the Race Online initiative, said that while it was good to see an improvement in the there was a clear need for continued work to improve the education of IT skills among citizens.
"There is still a long way to go if we are to achieve our ambition of making the UK the world's most digitally literate and networked nation," she said.
"Race Online 2012 partners and other organisations continue to work hard to ensure everyone in the UK benefits from the staggering difference technology can make to people's lives."
The figures from the ONS are broadly similar to those released by the European Commission in December which found that 11 per cent of the population had yet to use the internet.
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