Use of a mobile phone to go online in the UK 2013-2018, by gender

This statistic displays the findings of a survey on the use of a mobile phone to go online in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2018, by gender. During the survey in 2013 it was found, that more female than male respondents used mobile phones to access the internet. This trend continued until 2015 and the disparity between the genders' use of mobile phones to go online widened to 5 percent. During the most recent survey wave, however, it was reported that 71 percent of male respondents used their smartphones to access the internet, two percentage points less than their responding female counterparts.

Do you use a mobile phone to go online?*

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Number of respondents

1,882 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

those who went online.

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question in 2013: "Do you or does anyone in your household have access to the internet at home through a computer, laptop or notebook? And do you personally use the internet at home?/ Do you have and use any of the items shown on this card to go online?" (Prompted responses)
** In 2014 a term "mobile device" was replaced with "smartphone"

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