The Office of National Statistcs publish a report on internet use every year. The 2013 report confirms the ever increasing use of the internet in the UK and the growing take up of smartphone and tablet internet use.
2013 Key points
- In 2013, 36 million adults (73%) in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day, 20 million more than in 2006, when comparable records began.
- Access to the Internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2013, from 24% to 53%.
- In 2013, 72% of all adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008.
- In Great Britain, 21 million households (83%) had Internet access in 2013.
- Broadband Internet connections using fibre optic or cable were used by 42% of households, up from 30% in 2012.
The Internet has changed the way people go about their daily lives. Almost three quarters of adults in Great Britain used the Internet everyday (73%) in 2013, with 6 out of every 10 adults (61%) using a mobile phone or portable computer to access the Internet 'on the go'.
In 2013, more people than ever before used the Internet for reading newspapers or magazines (55%), to access their bank accounts (50%), to seek health information (43%) or to buy groceries (21%).
In 2013, over half (53%) of all adults participated in social networking, up from 48% in 2012. Almost all adults aged 16 to 24 (93%) have used social networks, but it is important to note that its use is not solely confined to the youngest age groups, with one in every two adults (50%) aged 45 to 54 year olds now reporting that they partake in social networking.
The UK’s Office of National Statistics release a report on internet use every year.