Internet massively entrenched in UK society

Almost all young adults in Britain used social media in 2012, with almost half of all adults following suit, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Roughly 87 percent of 16 to 24 year olds used social networking, while 48 percent of adults did the same. 33 million adults used the internet every single day, over double the 2006 figure of 16 million when records began. 32 percent of all adults used their mobile to get online every single day. 

32 percent of adults used the web to make telephone or video calls in 2012, again double a 2009 estimate of 16 percent. This was up four times from 2007’s estimate of eight percent. 

The report noted that people are increasingly turning to the web for TV or the radio, and that what was once only available on the high street is now overwhelming available online. In 2012, nearly half of every adult in the country used online banking, and a two thirds majority shopped online.

The heaviest users were aged between 25 to 44 for everyday activities like banking, reading news, buying groceries, household goods and clothes, but emerging activites such as social networking has the 16 to 24 bracket at the top. This group was also most keen on using smartphones to get online.

15 percent of all Brits have still never used the internet.