Ofcom published its annual Adults Media Use and Attitudes Report today, showing an increase to 42% of people aged 65 and over accessing the Internet in 2013; compared to 33% in 2012. The report shows the increase to be largely due to an increase in the use of tablets; from 5% in 2012 to 17% in 2013.
As a result, the overall use of the Internet among adults has jumped from 19% in 2012 to 83% in 2013. The report reveals differences in use between older adults and young people are still significant however, with younger people (16-24 year olds) spending over 24 hours per week on average online, compared to only just over 9 hours for those over 65.
The report details other aspects of adult media literacy, such as the use of apps, social media, and mixed media consumption.
As part of the Communications Act 2003, Ofcom is required to promote media literacy in the UK, and carry out research on related matters. Past reports and publications on adult media literacy can be accessed here.
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