Nearly one in five homes are still without access to the internet.
“Nearly 3/4 (73%) of households access the web daily, with young adults aged 25-34 using it more than any other age group to purchase products”
Despite millions being pledged to bring the internet to all, especially in rural areas, large parts of the country remain ‘off the grid’.
Some 17 per cent of households – about 4million – cannot connect to the web at all, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics.
Of those, the majority (59%) said they did not need to go online, while ten per cent said they are deterred because of the costs.
ONS analysis showed 21million households (83%) are connected to the web. About 36million adults go online every day – 20million more than in 2006 when comparable records began.
The latest figures show soaring numbers of people surf the net on mobile phones, up from 24 per cent in 2010 to 53 per cent this year. More people than ever read newspapers or magazines online (55%), use the internet to access their bank accounts (50%), trawl for health information (43%) or buy groceries (21%), shows the data.
‘The internet has changed the way people go about their daily lives,’ the ONS said. ‘Activities previously carried out on the high street are now increasingly being carried out online.’
The figures show nearly three-quarters (73%) of households access the web daily, with young adults aged 25 to 34 using the internet more than any other age group for purchasing products (92%, banking (76%) and selling goods (45%).
Almost all of those aged 16 to 24 (93%) visit the likes of Facebook. For those 45 to 54, this figure is 50 per cent.
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