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UK Digital Users: eMarketer's Estimates and Forecast for 2017–2022

eMarketer Report

By: eMarketer

Published: March 06, 2018

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Executive Summary

With 83.9% of the UK population expected to access the internet in 2018, digital content consumption continues to grow steadily. Some of the most popular digital activities include video viewing, social networking and listening to audio content, each of which will be performed by the majority of the UK population this year.

  • Most further growth in total UK internet usage will be driven by younger and older generations, many of whom will be going online for the first time. These new internet users are likely to access the web via mobile devices.
  • UK smartphone usage will reach a milestone in 2020, when two-thirds of the population will use one at least once per month.
  • Roughly half (50.7%) of UK tablet users will use an iPad in 2018—this figure is expected to remain relatively stable through 2022.
  • Facebook will remain the most popular social network throughout the forecast period, used by more than eight in 10 social network users. Nevertheless, as more UK internet users sign up for alternative social platforms, particularly Instagram, Facebook user penetration among total social network users will fall.
  • The sharpest declines in Facebook usage will be among teens and millennials ages 12 to 24, who are more likely to join Snapchat than Instagram. In 2017, for example, the number of Facebook users in the UK ages 12 to 17 fell by 13%. (Growth is expected to level off and be essentially flat this year.)
  • Music streaming services such as Spotify have helped grow the number of digital audio listeners in the UK, particularly on mobile. eMarketer estimates 35.1 million people will listen to audio content digitally in 2018, and 60.1% of them will do so via mobile phone.

"Over 80% of the UK population will use the internet in 2018. More than two-thirds will watch digital video regularly, while at least half will use a social network or listen to audio content digitally."

Table of Contents

Internet Users

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Mobile Phone and Smartphone Users

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Tablet Users

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Social Network Users

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Digital Video Viewers

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Digital Audio Listeners

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Digital Gamers

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15 charts are included in the full report:

UK Digital Users: eMarketer’s Estimates and Forecast for 2017–2022

Select UK Digital Usage Metrics, 2018 (% of population)

Internet Users

UK Internet Users and Penetration, 2017-2022 (millions, % change and % of population)

Mobile Phone and Smartphone Users

UK Mobile Phone Users and Penetration, 2017-2022 (millions, % change and % of population)

Smartphone Users

UK Smartphone Users and Penetration, 2017-2022

UK Smartphone User Share, by OS, 2017-2020 (% of total)

Tablet Users

UK Tablet Users and Penetration, 2017-2022 (millions, % of internet users and % of population)

iPad Users

UK iPad Users and Penetration, 2017-2022

Social Network Users

UK Social Network Users and Penetration, 2017-2022

UK Social Network User Penetration, by Age, 2017-2022 (% of internet users in each group)

Facebook Users

UK Facebook Users and Penetration, by Age, 2017-2022

Instagram Users

UK Instagram Users and Penetration, 2017-2022 (millions, % of social network users and % of smartphone users)

Snapchat Users

UK Instagram vs. Snapchat User Penetration, 2017-2022 (% of mobile phone social network users)

UK Snapchat Users and Penetration, 2017-2022 (millions, % of social network users and % of smartphone users)

Twitter Users

UK Twitter Users, by Age, 2017-2022 (millions and % change)

Digital Video Viewers

UK Digital Video Viewers and Penetration, 2017-2022