Number of UK homes without internet access falls by 5%

Although progress has been made there's still a way to go in closing the digital divide. 

Ofcom’s annual report on media usage has revealed that the amount of UK homes without internet access has fallen from 11% to 6%. 

Although this is a positive statistic, this 6% equates to 1.5 million properties who still don’t have any connection.

These are most likely to be elderly people over the age of 65 or those who are financially vulnerable according to the regulator. 

Interestingly, they also found that 1% of adults (so those over the age of 18) can access the internet but elected not to use it. 

As to be expected, internet usage soared over the three nationwide lockdowns. The vast majority of consumers worked from home and used video calling services to stay in contact with loved ones. 

During the periods when the schools were closed, 20% of children didn’t always have access to a device for online lessons. 

"It is vital that more is done to address this digital divide and ensure all consumers are able to access broadband connectivity, particularly as new networks roll out across the UK," said Rocio Concha, director of policy and advocacy at Which?

Additionally, this report contained plenty of other details on our media habits. Facebook was the most popular social media platform for adults with 83% of adults having a presence. 

21% of adults had profiles on TikTok, a video sharing network that’s generally more popular with younger people. Nearly half of 10 to 15-year-olds said they watched content on the platform. 

Online gaming also became significantly more popular during lockdown as 62% of adults said they engaged in the activity.

Source: Think Broadband

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