Most elderly ‘never use internet’

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Most older people in the UK and many of those who are disabled have never used the internet, a study has shown.

Only 30% of adults aged 75 years and over had ever used the internet, the latest quarterly release about internet use by adults found.

There were 3.24 million non-users aged 75 years and over, said the Office for National Statistics.

The elderly non-users also made up 43% of the 7.63 million people who had never used the internet. Within the demographic, elderly women were also much less likely to go online than their male counterparts.

The disabled were another demographic who had low internet usage. In the third quarter there were 3.89 million disabled adults who had never used the internet. This represents 33% of those who are disabled and just over half of the 7.63 million adults who had never used the internet.

In comparison, almost all adults aged 16 to 24 years were internet users.

However, the study found that the number of people who had never gone online was 2% lower than last quarter and about 9% lower than the same quarter last year.

The paper also showed that overall, men in the UK were slightly more likely to be internet users at 87%, compared with women at 83%.

By region, London had the highest proportion of internet users at 88% and Northern Ireland the lowest at 77%.

The estimates of the study were derived from the Labour Force Survey and are not seasonally adjusted.

If you are over 75, and reading this you are using the internet!  How long have you been using it for, and what do you enjoy on the internet?



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21st Nov 2012
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Hello Toby, I am the author of the site and, for my sins, am an Ageuk Internet Champion. So, I would be pleased to help you with the printer problem. Mostly I solve problems over the ne by email, so do get in touch. I think Sally has given you my email address. I always get back within 24 hours and can usually sort folk out. For disabled people, if they get in touch with ITCH. IT can Help, which is run by Ability net you can get free one to one help from a local volunteer. Lots of people are keen to reduce the number of people still not on line. It is getting more important every year.
If it helps I am no spring chicken.. 81 tomorrow !
Percy simmondsqh
21st Nov 2012
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Now 90 and still active. Having had a complete heart rebuild, classed as disabled,but do not let anything stop me if I can help it. Use my computer and iPad regularly. plus acting as towncrier, (said to be the oldest working crier) after dinner speaker,toastmaster, MC, etc. As with a steam engine. if you rest you rust. o not retire unless you have to. Percy
19th Nov 2012
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I am 81 in December, have been using the internet since my husband passed away in 1998, infact he was the one who told me to get surfing! Funny really as he hadn't a clue yet picked out a computer for me a couple of days before he passed away. Oh yes! I am severely disabled too. Can't imagine how I would have coped with the last 14 odd years without my 'puter
Saly Ann
16th Nov 2012
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I find the fact that 33% of the disabled do not use the internet really dismaying. This group of people need the internet just as much, if not more, than the elderly. The Policy Exchange should be making this an urgent priority, never mind 'silver sidekicks'.
17th Nov 2012
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I think you have a very valid point Sally Ann ...
15th Nov 2012
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Hello Adeline ... so glad you found us! Look forward to seeing you back here whenever you wish .. the pages are updated daily and there is always something if interest to browse. Feel free to make comments on anything you want to too! Best wishes and happy surfing!
adeline mcgill
15th Nov 2012
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just come across your site and----I love it, without getting any further! why?? It has the day,date and time right there in the right hand corner. It certainly helps when you know this straight away. Am 67 and not too good with using my laptop, but hope to improve.

I'm looking forward to coming back regularly.


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