The Office for National Statistics have published their annual look at computer and internet use in the UK (the full data release has been delayed because of a statistical blip).
The key points quoted:
- In 2012, 21 million households in Great Britain (80 per cent) had Internet access, compared with 19 million (77 per cent) in 2011
- The number of households with Internet access has increased by 7.1 million (23 percentage points) since 2006, when directly comparable records began
- In 2012, 93 per cent of households with Internet access used a fixed broadband connection, of which 30 per cent used a cable or fibre optic connection
- Of the 5.2 million households without Internet access, the most common reason for not having a connection was that they ‘did not need it’ (54 per cent)
- In 2012, 67 per cent of adults in Great Britain used a computer every day
One set of trends that I found interesting were the reasons for *not* using the internet as shown below:
I wonder to what degree ‘lack of skills’ and ‘don’t need’ are connected. Could a lack of skills result in a lack of appreciation for, or understanding of, the benefits of being connected?
With 5.2 million unconnected households there’s some way to go for the Digital Advisory Board. Then again I sometimes wonder how many of the 5.2 million are better off not connected? Those off-grid holidays can be quite relaxing after all…