In 2016, almost all adults aged 16 to 24 and 25 to 34 years were recent internet users (99.2% and 98.9% respectively).
Adults aged 75 years and over had the highest rate of lapsed internet users in 2016 at 4.8%, compared with only 0.2% of adults aged 16 to 24 years.
The Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2015 statistical bulletin provides more information on the range of activities carried out on the internet but the estimates are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which has a much smaller sample size than the LFS from which Internet users is derived.
Estimates of adults with a disability as defined by the Equality Act are presented from 2014.
Of disabled adults aged 75 years and over, 30.8% were recent internet users, compared with 48.1% who were not disabled.
Across all age groups, the proportion of adults who were recent internet users was lower for those that were disabled, compared with those that were not.
Comparisons made between estimates in this release and the annual Internet access – households and individuals publication should be undertaken with caution.
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Since the survey began in 2011, adults aged 75 years and over have consistently shown the lowest rates of internet use.
There is little difference in the rates of internet use between men and women in all age groups under 65 years of age.
In all age groups, women have seen a more substantial increase in recent internet use compared with men, rising by 9.6 percentage points and 7.3 percentage points respectively since 2011.