16 percent of Brits have never gone online

8 million adults in the UK had never used the internet in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics.

Although 41.99 million adults in the UK had used the interent at some time, or 83.5 percent of the adult population, the 8.2 million who had never gone near it make up 16.3 percent of the adult population. 224,000 more people started using the web since the third quarter of last year. 

UK citizens who were less likely to go online included over 65s, the widowed, and the disabled, according to the report.

The youngest generation surveyed, aged 16 to 24, were the biggest users of the web at a staggering 98.7 percent having gone online. For whatever reason, men were slightly more likely to go online than women, at 86.1 percent used the web compared to 81 percent of women.

8.1 percent of people on pay of under £200 per week had never used the internet. According to the survey, the more people are paid per week, the more likely they were to go online, with absolutely zero non-users for those in the highest pay band of £800 – £899 per week.

The government is still keen to push web use across the country and has rolled out several initiatives to boost the internet in the UK. 

Gargantuan supermarket Tesco, for its part, is trying to get more people online while filling its own pockets – having turned ISP and offering a package for just £2.50 a month, undercutting cheap broadband provider TalkTalk.

TalkTalk said: “TalkTalk remains Britain’s best value home phone and broadband provider. Customers taking Essentials from TalkTalk along with our Value Line Rental save £42 a year compared with Tesco’s ‘evening and weekend’ package. Our Plus customers taking Value Line Rental save £26.25 per year compared to Tesco ‘anytime’.”