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TechWatch: Seven million UK residents do not use the internet

by Simon Lazarus
23 May, 2013
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According to recent figures, it is believed that around seven million people across the UK have never come face to face with the internet.

Office of National Statistics

Research has come courtesy of the Office of National Statistics (ONS) who has claimed that around 44 million individuals are currently online which has led to a one million increase in the last twelve months.

The signs remain positive for the elderly as in 2011, nearly a quarter surveyed had connected to the internet which rose to more than 34% just last year – a rise of more than 1.5 million people.

Data was captured after a survey revealed how people responded to the question, “When did you last use the internet?”

In spite of these impressive stats, more than seven million still don’t have an internet connection at their disposal. However this has been mainly attributed to a host of elderly people as well as those with disabilities.

In addition to this, many forecasters have predicted that there is still a long way to go when it comes to encouraging these groups onto the World Wide Web.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee may have to look the other way at these particular results but it has been recorded by The ONS that there are more and more people using the internet in the UK.

In fact 99% of young Brits between the ages of 16 and 24 used the web in the previous three months.

However this is in contrast to numerous grandparents who amount to only 33% of those using the web. This is in the category of people who are more than 75 years of age.

This has shown that as far as internet penetration is concerned, there are some age groups that have become literally saturated. Yet this has not stopped the over 75s from increasing their usage.

Man using internet

There is also a distinct gender divide with around 27 per cent of those females over the age of 75 using the web in contrast to 43.7 per cent of males currently residing in the United Kingdom.

This amounts to more than 4 million women and 2.8 million men that have never logged on before. It is believed that more than 15 million adults alone in Great Britain lack the basic fundamental skills to benefit from the World Wide Web itself.

Further investigation reveals that the capital is responsible for the highest level of people using the internet which stands at an impressive 90%. Meanwhile in Northern Island, the figures are considered to be the lowest at less than 80% usage.

Michelle Mitchell Age UK

“The internet offers huge benefits to people in later life so it is an extremely positive step in ensuring more people can profit from being online.”

Michelle Mitchell, Director General, Age UK

She went on to say: “The key is not just getting people online for the first time but giving them the skills and knowledge to become confident using the internet. With more services heading online, with the aim of potentially saving the government millions, the government must invest in greater training to open up the web to all.”

It seems we have all become a bit disconnected in recent years as more people engross themselves in the power of the internet to book flights, buy groceries and even sell their souls which one chap attempted via ebay.

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Simon is a published journalist in the UK, US and Europe on a range of topics and currently has a number of clients in different sectors for whom he produces content on a weekly basis. Topics include travel, property, food, lifestyle, finance, hi-tech and business.

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