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Internet usage in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016, by age

This statistic displays the results of a survey on internet usage in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 to 2016, by age group. In 2016, Internet access was higher among younger individuals with 98 percent of responding adults aged between 16 and 24 using any device to access the internet in any location. During the survey period, it was found that 97 percent in the group of respondents between 25 to 34 years of age used the internet. However, in general a trend is visible that those in older age groups were less likely to use the internet than those in younger age groups.

Internet usage via any device in any location in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2016, by age *

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Release date

April 2016


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2014 to 2016***

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

all adults.

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was phrased as follows:
"Do you ever go online? This could be at home or at work, when out and about or elsewhere. It could be through using a fixed broadband connection, perhaps Wi-Fi, or through a 3G or 4G mobile network signal."
** Effective Weighted Sample. Number of respondents in previous years: n (2012) = 1,805; n (2013) = 1,642; n (2014) = 1,890; n (2015) = 1,841.
*** November to December 2016 was the date of the most recent survey.

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