Adults who have used the Internet in the 3 months prior to interview in October 2005 (GB)
In the three months prior to interview, 64 per cent of adults in Great Britain (29 million) had accessed the Internet in October 2005. This represents 92 per cent of the adults who have ever accessed the Internet.
Of the adults who had accessed the Internet in the three months prior to interview, 61 per cent had bought or ordered goods, tickets or services. People aged 25-44 were most likely to buy on-line (67 per cent), while people aged 65 and over were least likely to buy on-line (41 per cent).
The most common place to access the Internet was at home (86 per cent), 48 per cent accessed at work, 33 per cent at another person’s home, 16 per cent at a place of education and 10 per cent at a public library.
Of those adults who have ever used the Internet, 92 per cent had used a search engine to find information, 78 per cent sent an e-mail with an attachment, 32 per cent posted a message in a chat room or newsgroup, 22 per cent had used peer to peer file sharing, such as exchanging music and films and 20 per cent had created a web page.
In the three months prior to interview, 48 per cent of men who had used the Internet had done so for Internet banking compared with 39 per cent of women. But more women (33 per cent) had used the Internet for school, college and university related activities compared with 28 per cent of men.
Source: Individuals accessing the Internet – National Statistics Omnibus Survey
Notes: These population estimates are derived from a very small sample and are subject to sampling errors.