Internet access in the last few years has been expanding at rapid pace. Countries even with low socio-economic growth are also seen to focus on expanding the internet infrastructure as studies on socio-economic growth factors and the use of the internet highlights. It is proven that internet determinants would not rest with socioeconomic factors alone even though these are the most-strong factors. Some others identified are demographic factors, and the regional factors etc. In the context of understanding these determinants, this research is conducted for the specific geographic region of the United Kingdom.
Data on the United Kingdom, the form of use within the United Kingdom and more are researched into by making use of primary and secondary data. The introduction chapter presents the research background for the work, the aim and objectives of the work and the significance of the research work.
Socio-demographic and economic factors serve as a determinant for internet accessibility. However, these very factors also have a social and economic impact within the country as well. Statistics collected in 2016 shows that internet based retail alone contributes to around $2.2 trillion in annual retail. In addition, the internet connection and networking industry contribute to much secondary revenue as well, in the form of internet maintenance and broadband services costs etc. Therefore, it understands of socioeconomic determinants that have given rise to internet usage and evolution, and hence becomes a critical part of government and private industry planning in the IT sector (Choudrie & Dwivedi, 2006).
The household as a social organization is in fact a primary investigation form when it comes to understanding socio-economic understanding, and hence, the household could be applicable as a determinant to understand what drives Internet usages.