ONS reports on internet users in 2016
23 May 2016
The annual statistical bulletin Internet users in the UK: 2016 can be downloaded in PDF format but the main points in summary report are that:
- 87.9% of adults in the UK (45.9 million) had recently (in the last 3 months) used the internet, compared with 86.2% in 2015.
- 10.2% (5.3 million) had never used the internet compared with 11.4% in 2015.
- Almost all adults aged 16 to 24 years were recent internet users (99.2%), in contrast with 38.7% of adults aged 75 years and over.
- 89.4% of men (22.8 million) and 86.4% of women (23.1 million) were recent internet users, up from 87.9% and 84.6% in 2015.
- Women aged 75 and over, had seen the largest rise in recent internet use, up 169.0% from 2011; however, still less than a third (32.6%) were recent users in 2016.
- 25.0% of disabled adults had never used the internet in 2016, down from 27.4% in 2015.
- Of the NUTS* 1 regions, Northern Ireland had seen the largest increase (13.2 percentage points) in recent internet use since 2011; however, in 2016 it was still the region with the lowest recent usage (82.0%).
- Inactive adults who had never used the internet or who used the internet more than 3 months ago, has decreased by 13.3 percentage points since 2011.
* NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) was created by the European Office for Statistics (Eurostat) as a single hierarchical classification of spatial units used for statistical production across the European Union (EU).
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