Time spent online per week per person in the United Kingdom (UK) 2005-2019

From 2005 to 2019, the number of hours adults spent using the internet in a typical week has been steadily increasing in the United Kingdom (UK). As of 2019, the average time spent using the internet was 25.1 hours per week, an increase of 15.2 hours compared to 2005.

Internet usage in the UK

Over the last 20 years, the internet penetration rate has increased nearly three-fold in the UK, from 30 percent in 2000 to 87 percent as of 2019. During the latter year, over 90 percent of individuals in the UK accessed the internet at least once a day.  

E-commerce in the UK

The amount of online shopping that people in Great Britain are doing has increased since 2015 as well, with a penetration rate reaching 66 percent in the first quarter of 2019. The increase is more noticeable with smartphone users. According to the results of an annual interview conducted by the Office for National Statistics, most of the individuals in the UK purchased clothes or sports goods, at 60 percent, while a share of 34 percent of online consumers purchased books, magazines, and newspapers.

How many hours in a typical week would you say you use the internet?*

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Release date

June 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2005 to 2019***

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

participants who use the internet at home or elsewhere

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was "How many hours in a typical week would you say you use the internet at home/ at your workplace or place of education/ anywhere else?" (Unprompted responses)
** n (2005) = 1,746; n (2007) = 1,723; n (2009) = 1,282; n (2011) = 1,369; n (2012) = 1,381; n (2013) = 1,272; n (2014) = 1,609; n (2015) = 1,458; n (2016) = 1,553; n (2017) = 1,570; n (2018) = 1,602; n (2019) = 1,293
*** September to November 2019 was the date of the most recent survey.

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