A further one million UK residents have now used the internet for the first time, over the past year, as efforts to get more people online continue to bear fruit.
Data from the Internet Access Quarterly Update by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that 43.8 million adults in the UK have now used the internet – an increase of just over one million since Q3 2012. This is also an increase of just under 200,000 since Q2 2013.
A breakdown of internet usage over the past five quarters is shown below:
- Q3 2012: 42,792 million
- Q4 2012: 43,068 million
- Q1 2013: 43,518 million
- Q2 2013: 43,631 million
- Q3 2013: 43,818 million
The increase is likely to be a result of efforts by organisations such as Go On UK, and the increasing rollout of broadband in remote regions such as Cornwall and Cumbria that are bringing the services to some for the first time.
But despite the growth, a staggering 7 million people have still never used the web. Perhaps unsurprisingly nearly half of those over the age of 16 who have not used the internet are over 75, while 99 percent of all 16-24 year olds have used the web.
The ONS data also shows that men are more likely to have used the web, at 88 percent, while 84 percent of women are online. In terms of geography London has the highest internet usage level, at 90 percent, while Northern Ireland is the lowest at 80 percent.
Graham Walker, the chief exeutive of Go ON UK, said while it was great to see another million people are online, more must be done to help those still not using the web to understand its advantages to improve their lives.
"There are still one in five adults in the UK without basic online skills that means they don’t have the skills to confidently take advantage of digital tools, and benefit fully from the internet.
That’s why we’re building a national digital skills alliance; to inspire and support more people and organisations share their basic online skills with others, and ultimately to make the UK the most digitally skilled nation in the world.”
Digital inclusion is seen as a vital part of the UK's future, especially as more and more services and interactions with government are becoming digital.
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