By Chloe Rigby

Most UK households now have internet access, with 73% accessing it via a mobile phone in 2017, and 77% buying goods or services online, according to official figures. While the proportion of people buying online has remained constant since last year, there have been big underlying changes in the way we shop since 2008.

The Office for National Statistics’ Internet access – households and individuals: 2017 reports a growing appetite for online retail, with 77% buying goods or services online in the last 12 months. That’s the same figure as last year, but represents a growth of 24 percentage points since 2008. Underlying that figure is a change in the demographic of online shoppers. Some 75% of adults aged between 55 and 64 now shops online – a rise of 30 percentage points since 2008. The age group with the smallest rise in online shopping was among those between 25 and 34: 89% now shop online, 17 percentage points more than in 2008. That seems to represent a change in the older people buying online, with younger people having previously been more likely to buy over the internet. Indeed, younger adults buy more often, with 26% shopping…