More than half of 65-and-overs now shop online

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More than half of Brits aged 65 and over now shop online, despite past reticence amongst the older generation.

This is according to new official figures from the ONS, which found that 54 per cent of the age group now make purchases online.

This marks the first year in which more than half of 65-and-overs say they do so.

Elsewhere the ONS found that four-fifths of Brits now say they shop online, compared with three-quarters in the previous year.

Over-65s made on average three to four purchases in any three-month period, combined with 11 or more amongst the 25-34 age group.

Internet penetration is now almost universal according to the ONS, with 93 per cent of UK households now having an internet connection.

Amongst those without internet at home, 61 per cent said they do not think they need it.

Around a third said that privacy concerns were keeping them off the net.

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