8.43 million adults, or 16.8 per cent of the adult population, have never been online according to figures out from the Office of National Statistics this morning.
However in the three months to the end of September the number of adults who had never been online fell by 299,000
As reported on TelegraphOnline the report shows that
the number of non-internet users decreased in all age groups, except the youngest, which showed a small increase that was not statistically significant. Some 98.6 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds said they had used the internet.
It adds that
The biggest fall, of 164,000, was among over-75-year-olds. However, the statistics did not indicate how much of this was caused by people going online for the first time and how much by the older members of the age group passing away. Some 72.4 per cent of over-75s have still never used the internet.