More than half UK net users pick mobile device for access
The UK is turning into a nation of road warriors, with more that half of us using a mobile phone, laptop or tablet to access the internet.
Internet users who connect via a mobile phone, GB, 2011
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The ONS (Office for National Statistics) said today 45% of UK internet users accessed the internet via a mobile phone in 2011.
The ONS opinions survey showed that 71% of 16-24 year old internet users accessed the internet via a mobile, the highest of any age group, up from 44% in 2010. Almost four in 10 (38%) of all adults accessed the internet via another sort of mobile device, such as a laptop or tablet.
In 2011, 4.9 million, or 13% of internet users, connected via public wireless hotspots, almost double from 7% last year.
Least likely to access the internet by a mobile device (8%) were aged 65+.
Social networking is becoming more popular. Overall, 57% of adult internet users (up from 43%) and 91% of 16-24 year-olds used online social networks in 2011.
ONS said 77% households now have access to the internet, up from 73% last year. About 93% have either an ADSL or cable broadband connection.
Half of those without a household internet connection said they ‘don’t need the internet’, ONS said.
The ONS’s labour force survey showed separately that in 2Q2011, 8.73 million UK adults had never used the internet. This was 12,000 fewer than in 1Q2011. The least likely to go online were over 75s (76.3%). Over one-third of disabled people (36.8%) also say they have never been online, the ONS said.