The number of ‘silver surfers’ – people aged over 50 who use the internet – has increased, with an improvement in the numbers going online.
But official figures reveal that more than seven million adults in the UK have never used the internet at all, although around one million more people have ventured on to the web since this time last year.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 326,000 adults used the internet for the first time between January and March this year. The ONS also found there were differences between geographical areas and age groups in internet usage. There are more women than men who have never used the internet.
The ONS report stated, “Internet use is linked to various socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, disability, geographical location and weekly earnings. Those who are less likely to have used the internet include elderly and disabled adults.”
A breakdown of the population by age showed almost all of those between 16 and 24 (99%) have used the web.