A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that nearly six million people in the UK have never used the internet. This figure may come as a surprise to some people, especially those who access the internet every day.
The study looked at several areas when analysing internet use, including age, gender and location.
The survey showed that figures for internet usage have fallen since 2014 and listed age as one of the main reasons. It revealed that older age groups have a lower rate of use.
“Since the survey began in 2011, adults aged 16 to 24 years have consistently shown the highest rates of internet use, with each successively older age group reporting a lower rate of use”, the Office for National Statistics said.
Figures from the report showed that the majority of Brits who have never used the internet were aged 75 and over. However, the percentage of those aged 75 and over who have never used the internet has declined since 2011, indicating that the internet may be becoming a little more popular with older age groups.
The study also showed that older age groups tend to use the internet for shorter periods. In the 75 and over age group, the internet was found to be a little more popular with males.
Disability was also found to be one of the factors contributing towards lower internet usage, with 3.3 million disabled people never having used the internet.
The study also found North Wales to have the least amount of internet activity. A large percentage of people living on the Isle of Anglesey were found to have never used the internet or have very little internet activity. The reason for this is unknown, as the internet is available in this location. It is possible that age could be a factor, as around 20 per cent of Anglesey’s population are of retirement age.
Unsurprisingly, the 16-24 age group were found to be highly active on the internet, with 99 per cent using it recently.