BBC News reports on the latest Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS), painting a rosy picture of online usage in the U.K., but also a widening of the gap between digital haves and have nots.
Internet use falls off sharply after the age of 55 and among people who have retired, the survey claims. Only 31% of retired people use the internet, compared with 81% of those in work and 97% of students, a pattern which has persisted since 2003. There is also a persistent but smaller gender gap, with 5% fewer women going online.
Just over half of those who lack further education are online, as opposed to 90% with a university education.
Among those with household incomes below £12,500 only 39% use the internet. OxIS also finds that 42% of students have created a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace, but just 15% of the employed and 2% of retired people.