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Wednesday, 13th November 2013

UK: Digital Inclusion Evidence Review

Source: AgeUK

From the Introduction:

It is possible that a “tipping point” has now been reached. For the first time, the number of people aged 65+ who have used the internet has overtaken those who have never used it. The quarterly Labour Force Statistics survey (Q1, 2013) shows that 5,489,000 are in the “ever used” category and 5,030,000 have never used the internet. In addition, web enabled TV and web access devices designed specifically for older people may soon be available and affordable.

If the 55-64 age category is included (i.e. 55+), the picture is very different, rapidly approaching a position where twice the number of 55+ will have used the internet than have never used it. Currently, the numbers are 11,560,000 ever used against 6,104,000 who have never used the internet.

The latest quarterly figures for lapsed users (people who have used the internet but not in the last 3 months) show this as a relatively small group: 807,000 aged 55+, of whom 557,000 are 65 or over.

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