New stats from Nielsen//NetRatings show that young women are spending more time online, with the 18-34 age group accounting for 18% of the UK internet population.

According to these stats, the 18-34 age group is the largest online, accounting for 34% of UK internet users.

This differs from recent Hitwise stats, which had the 35-44 age group as the largest, with 'silver surfers' closing fast. This is because the demographic groups are measured differently - Hitwise splits the 18-34s into two groups in its data.

The Nielsen stats also show:

  • There's been an increase in internet use by silver surfers - one in four Britons online is over 50.
  • UK internet users are split almost equally between males (51.5%) and females (48.5%).
  • Women aged 18-34 account for 21% of all time spent on computers in the UK, which equates to 13 minutes out of every hour online.
  • 18-34 year olds are the biggest computer users, spending around 60 hours per month on their computer, while under 18s spend 16 hours.
Graham Charlton

Published 18 May, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Aurelius Tjin

I think its just a natural course of things. People will have to turn more on the most comprehensive medium that can give them information, entertainment or pave a way towards financial freedom.

And I must say, that's regardless of age, creed, color, and religion. :)

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