Internet access and use in Great Britain: 2018, and Changing trends in mortality


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7 August 2018

People, population and community

Internet access and use in Great Britain: 2018

89% of adults in Great Britain used the internet at least weekly in 2018, up from 88% in 2017 and 51% in 2006.

46% of adults watched videos on demand from commercial services in 2018, up from 29% in 2016.

The proportion of adults aged 65 years and over who shop online trebled since 2008, rising from 16% to 48% in 2018.

26% of adults who use smartphones did not have smartphone security and a further 24% did not know if they have security installed.

70% of employed adults considered that they have the required computer skills for their jobs.

Changing trends in mortality

For decades there had been steady increases in life expectancy, however, from around 2011 those increases have slowed.

Today we have released two reports looking at how England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each experienced this slowdown and how the slowdown within the UK compared to changes in mortality across 19 other countries.

The UK-based report, changing trends in mortality: a cross-UK comparison, 1981 – 2016 also looks at patterns in mortality by cause of death within each of the four UK countries between 2001 and 2016.

Read the report

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