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Seven million adults have never used the internet

More than seven million adults have never used the internet, according to new statistics released today.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 14 per cent of people over the age of 16 have never ventured online.

More than seven million adults in the UK have never used the internet, official figures suggest. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Around 4.2 million women have never used the internet compared to 2.8 million men, according to the ONS.

Internet use is increasing however, with one million more people accessing the web since this time last year.

The ONS said: "Internet use is linked to various socio-economic and demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, disability, geographical location and weekly earnings.

"For example, those who are less likely to have used the internet include elderly and disabled adults."