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Disabled people less likely to use internet

22 May 2015

Office for National Statistics (ONS) - ONS Statistical Bulletin - Internet Users, 2015

The latest ONS bulletin shows that disabled people are less likely to have used the internet (68%) than non-disabled people (92%) in every age group.

  • In quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015, 27% of disabled adults (3.3 million) had never used the internet. There were 0.5 million disabled adults, who had last used the internet over 3 months ago, making up 48% of the 1.1 million lapsed internet users.

  • In quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015 the proportion of adults aged 16 to 24 years who were recent internet users was lower for those that were disabled (95% recent users) compared with those that were not disabled (99% recent users). The proportion of adults aged 75 years and over who were recent internet users was also lower for those that were disabled (27% recent users) compared with those that were not disabled (40% recent users). Across all age groups, the proportion of adults who were internet users was lower for those that were disabled, compared with those that were not disabled.

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