7 million UK adults have never used internet

Official figures suggest that more than seven million adults in UK have never used the internet. The data reveals around 1 million more have not been on the web since this time last year. Interestingly more women than men have never used the internet, 4.2 million women compared with 2.8 million men according to Office for National Statistics326,000 adults used the internet for the first time this year between January and March.

A ONS spokesperson said:

Internet use is linked to various socioeconomic 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 elderly and disabled adults.

The research also found that 99% of people between the age 16 and 24 have used the internet, with those least likely to have connected were 75 or over. Although there has been an increase in internet usage in that age group in the past two years.