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Summary of Internet Access Households and Individuals, 2013

Release about Internet use by adults aged 16 years and over in 2013

  • In 2013, 36 million adults (73%) in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day, 20 million more than in 2006, when directly comparable records began.

  • Access to the Internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2013, from 24% to 53%.

  • In 2013, 72% of all adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008.

  • In Great Britain, 21 million households (83%) had Internet access in 2013.

  • Broadband Internet connections using fibre optic or cable were used by 42% of households, up from 30% in 2012.

This release explores the use of the Internet by adults in Great Britain and draws attention to how households connected to the Internet in 2013. It provides useful information for those interested in what adults use the Internet for, the type of purchases made online and how homes in Great Britain connected to the Internet.

The Internet has changed the way people go about their daily lives. Almost three quarters of adults in Great Britain used the Internet everyday (73%) in 2013, with 6 out of every 10 adults (61%) using a mobile phone or portable computer to access the Internet 'on the go'.

In 2013, more people than ever before used the Internet for news information (55%), to access their bank accounts (50%), to seek health information (43%) or to buy groceries (21%). This release highlights that activities previously carried out on the high street, are now routinely being carried out online.

This release reveals that adults aged 25 to 34 used the Internet more than any other age group to carry out a wide range of established ‘every day’ activities, such as purchasing goods or services online (92%), Internet banking (76%) and selling goods online (45%).

Categories: People and Places, People, Culture and Sport, Internet and ICT
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