Internet activities performed in Great Britain (UK) 2019

This statistic shows activities carried out online by individuals in Great Britain in 2019. During an annual survey, it was found that 84 percent of polled households reported sending and receiving emails, more than any other activity.

Activities performed online by individuals in Great Britain in 2019

Share of respondents
Sending/receiving emails 86%
Finding information about goods or services 78%
Internet banking 73%
Using instant messaging services (eg Skype or WhatsApp) 72%
Social networking (eg Facebook or Twitter) 68%
Reading online news, newspapers or magazines 66%
Listening to music 65%
Looking for health-related information (eg injury, disease, nutrition, improving health etc) 63%
Making video or voice calls over the internet (eg via Skype or Facetime) 50%
Uploading content created by you to a website to be shared 35%
Selling goods or services over the internet 29%
Looking for a job or sending a job application 22%
Posting opinions on civic or political issues 17%
Taking part in online consultations or voting on political or civic issues 15%
Controlling household equipment or appliances 15%
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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The source indicates: "The source of this information is the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OLS). The OLS is a multi-purpose survey developed by ONS for use by government departments, other public bodies, charities, academics and the media. It provides a fast, cost effective and reliable way of obtaining information on topics too brief to warrant their own survey."
** The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is carried out by interviewing a nationally representative sample of households in Great Britain. About 1,800 households are sampled each month and estimates are subject to sampling variability, as are those from all sample surveys.

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