(Edited by Afolabi Thomas)
Internet usage is a growing topic of interest here at London Glossy, and luckily the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have taken the liberty of surveying UK citizens and their activity on the web.
In this study, the ONS surveyed UK citizens over the age of 16 years and over. The data showed that the percentage of Internet non-users dropped from 17% in quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2011 to 11% in quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015. The percentage of adults that were internet users increased from 80% in quarter 2 (April to June) 2011, to 86% in quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015. It seems that as the years go by, more and more members of our society get involved in the internet. Most of the time its via a google search or opening a social media account with any portal (ie. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
Internet Non-Users: UK, Q1 2011 to Q12015
It is almost common knowledge that the majority of internet users are in the younger age groups (aged 16 to 34), with a downward trend forming as we enter higher groups after age 55. Almost all adults aged 16-54 years have used the internet in the last three months, but just 3 in every 10 adults 75+ have used the internet in the last 3 months.
When we separate the data into gender categories, we found out there was really no major difference in internet usage. It looks like no matter who u are, internet usage will still only vary depending on your age.
But one must take a look at this digital age and how it may affect the younger gender groups. Does the internet remove some of the “hands-on” skills we could have learned without its use? What really boosted the growth in most developed and even developing economies, has be the use of the internet. Not only does it speed up productivity, but it also allows the user to have a wider range of options.