A total of 7.82 million adults in the UK are still to the use the internet according to new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), despite initiatives aiming to promote web use across the nation.
However, while the figure is still high, it is down four per cent on the first quarter figures of 8.12 million, and suggests these initiatives, such as Go On UK, 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 Q2 2012, with around 87 per cent of all men and 82 per cent of women making up those users.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of those yet to use the web are over 75, with some 3.3 million yet to go online, with those between 65 and 74 making up another 2.1 million of the total figure, with the figures decreasing notably down the age brackets surveyed (see table below).
Age group Never used the internet
- 16-24 51,000
- 25-34 115,000
- 35-44 284,000
- 45-54 721,000
- 55-64 1,232,000
- 65-74 2,122,000
- 75+ 3,299,000
The vast majority of non-internet users are also the least well off, with the ONS's research finding that 355,000 of those surveyed who have never used the web are on under £200 a week.
South East London has the highest rate of internet users, at 88 per cent, while Northern Ireland is the lowest with 77 per cent.
The chief executive of Go On UK, Marketa Mach, said the figures underlined the valuable work organisations like theirs are providing to citizens of the UK, but noted there was still a long way to go.
"Not since quarter one last year have we seen such an encouraging spike in the number of people using the internet for the first time," she said.
"This still leaves 7.82 million adults who haven't benefited from being online and millions more who haven't got the capability to use the internet regularly for work, education, entertainment, consumer savings and everyday social life.
The government will be hoping the numbers continue to fall as it aims to ensure the entire population is online with a minimum of 2Mbit/s connections by 2015.
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