Skip to content

Release: Internet Access - Households and Individuals, 2014

Released: 07 August 2014 Next edition: 06 August 2015


Cecil Prescott

Business Outputs and Developments Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456767

Categories: Internet and ICT, People and Places

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Country

Survey name(s): Opinions and Lifestyle Survey

  • In 2014, 38 million adults (76%) in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day, 21 million more than in 2006, when directly comparable records began.

  • Access to the Internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2014, from 24% to 58%.

  • In 2014, 74% of all adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008. Clothes (49%) were the most popular online purchase in 2014.

  • Of all adults in Great Britain, 67% are aware of Internet storage space services, but the take up of these services to store data is much lower at 35%.

  • In Great Britain, 22 million households (84%) had Internet access in 2014, up from 57% in 2006.

  • Fixed broadband Internet connections were used by 91% of households.

Use of the Internet by adults over the age of 16 in Great Britain and how households connected to the Internet in 2014. It provides information on what adults use the Internet for and the types of purchases made online.

Other useful information

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
© Crown Copyright applies unless otherwise stated.