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UK Internet use by people aged 16 years and over, Q2 2013

Latest quarterly release about Internet use by adults aged 16 years and over

  • At Q2 2013, 43.6 million adults (86%) in the UK had used the Internet.

  • 7.1 million adults (14%) had never used the Internet.

  • Men (88%) were more likely to be Internet users than women (84%).

  • By region, London and the South East had the highest proportion of Internet users (89%); Northern Ireland the lowest (79%).

  • There were 3.8 million disabled adults, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), who had never used the Internet.

This is the latest quarterly release about Internet use by adults aged 16 years and over. Internet use is linked to various socio-economic and demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, disability, geographical location and weekly earnings. For example, those who are less likely to have used the Internet include both the elderly and disabled adults. 

The estimates in this release are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and are not seasonally adjusted. ONS developed these statistics to meet the needs of users (see background note 4). There is a particular interest and focus in the UK on those who have never used the Internet.

On 8th August 2013, ONS published the annual Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2013 statistical bulletin. The annual survey provides more information on Internet use than this quarterly update. However, while the estimates in the annual bulletin are more detailed, they are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which has a smaller sample size than the LFS. Therefore comparisons made between this quarterly release and the annual publication should be made with caution.

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