16% of UK Adults have Never Been Online: Study

A new study carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shed light onto many interesting facts about the browsing habits of Brits.

The study was based on the data collected by the ONS during the last quarter of 2011 and it claims that as of Dec 31 2011, near about 8.2 million adults in the country had never been online in their lives. An overwhelming proportion of those 8.2 million, as one could guess, comprised of older folks and people with physical disabilities though.

It further stated that of the 41.99 million adult internet users in the country, 20.84 million were female and 21.15 million were male. And, when it came to the age group of 16 - 24 years, almost 98.7 per cent were using internet.

However, the study also disclosed that the number of non-users in all age groups was decreasing at a steady rate, including the age group of 55 to 64 years which saw 86,000 more people making themselves familiar with the Web during Q4 2011.

In the age group of 75 and above, the number of non users decreased by almost 55,000 during the same period.

[Source: Office for National Statistics]