Howwerer the figures for online connections in Scotland were 13 % points behind the 74 % UK figure of last year. This has now increased to 76 % for the UK and the gap has closed to an 8% gap for the Scots who are now in a similar position to the people of Wales and Northern Ireland.
Glasgow has been unusually slow to adapt to broadband. 50% of households were connected last year and that figure has now risen to 60% . This may be partly due to poverty levels in Glasgow but there seems to be lower levels of uptake in all age groups and levels of income.
It was reported that Vicki Nash Ofcom Director for Scotland has suggested that the low uptake in Scotland may be due to cost and lack of skills. There also seems to be a lack of incentive from friends and family to get connected. Ms Nash said ” It’s good news that we’re closing the gap- for consumers realising the benefits of tecchnology. If public services are available online then it is important that people can access them ”.
Survey results from accross the UK show that the use of mobile texting has replaced convential phone calls or face to face meetings as the most frequent way for adults to keep in touch.