It’s quite easy to get complacent, sitting here, on the internet all day, with twelve tabs open and a billion RSS feeds firing in enough information to keep a thousand human brains in a comatose state for decades – but not everyone is so switched on. Brace yourselves for an amazing fact.
One third of all households in the UK haven’t got internet access. At all.
No, not broadband – the internet. Not even dial-up. According to the Office for National Statistics, just 65% of homes in the UK have internet access, totalling some 16.46 million households. Of that lot, 86% have broadband. Which still leaves 35% stuck in the 1970s, watching television for fun and… doing whatever people used to do to pass the evenings.
15% of those without the internet said it was due to them not being able to understand how it works, so it’s probably best they never get it – because it’s us lot that’d be round their houses all the time fixing their computers.