LONDON, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Nine in ten people in Britain now use the internet, with the rest never venturing into cyber space, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed Friday.
The ONS figures also show that 99 percent of people aged 16 to 34 have used the internet in 2017, in contrast to the 41 percent of users aged 75 and over. But there are 4.8 million adults, mainly senior citizens, who have never used the internet, according to ONS.
"Of the 4.8 million adults who had never used the internet in 2017, just over half (2.6 million) were aged 75 years and over," said ONS.
The figures are based on statistics for internet use in Britain in the first three months of 2017.
The statistics also show hardly any difference in male and female internet use, with 90 percent of men surfing the web compared to 88 percent of women.
ONS said recent internet use among women aged 75 and over has trebled since 2011. The figures also show that 22 percent of disabled people have not used the internet, but this is an improvement over 2016 when one in four disabled people gave the internet a miss.
Although 84 percent of people in Northern Ireland now use the internet, which is a rise in recent years, the area still has the lowest internet use of any other region in Britain.
There has also been a steady increase in people aged 65 and over using the internet, ONS reported, as the 65 to 74 age group has increased from 52 percent in 2011 to 78 percent in 2017, closing the gap on younger age groups.
A spokesman for ONS said the gap between men and women who had recently used the internet has been closing in all age groups since 2011. There is still a higher proportion of women who had never used the internet at 10.5 percent compared with men at 7.8 percent.