There were 0.5 million disabled adults who had last used the internet over 3 months ago, making up 50.0% of the 0.9 million lapsed internet users.In 2016, 97.3% of disabled adults aged 16 to 24 years were recent internet users, compared with 99.4% who were not disabled.In 2016, 46.7% of men aged 75 years and over were recent internet users compared with 32.6% of women.
Recent internet use in the 65 to 74 age group has increased by 68.7% since 2011.
Since 2015, there has been an increase of 7.5% in the same age group.
The term “disabled” is used to refer to those who self-assess that they have a disability in line with the Equality Act.
These should not be compared directly with the estimates in 2011 to 2013 which are defined by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
The Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2015 statistical bulletin provides more information on the range of activities carried out on the internet but the estimates are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which has a much smaller sample size than the LFS from which Internet users is derived.
Estimates of adults with a disability as defined by the Equality Act are presented from 2014.
Of disabled adults aged 75 years and over, 30.8% were recent internet users, compared with 48.1% who were not disabled.
Across all age groups, the proportion of adults who were recent internet users was lower for those that were disabled, compared with those that were not.
Since 2015, the largest increases in the number of recent internet users were women aged 75 and over (19.7%) and men aged 75 and over (16.4%).
Men in the oldest 2 age groups are more likely to use the internet than women in the same age groups.
Since 2015, the number of disabled adults who had used the internet in the last 3 months has increased by 6.8% to 8.6 million in 2016.