Just Economics have in conjunction with BT for their Get it together project had a stab at calculating the social value to individuals of going online. They have calculated figures for new, advanced and professional users.
In their words “Digital inclusion, defined as have the skills, motivation and access to go online … is perceived by many to be extremely valuable, not only to individuals, but also to businesses, the state, and society as a whole. The purpose of this paper is to try to put some figures on what being ‘digitally included’ is worth to the individual, i.e. what difference it makes in someone’s life to go from being offline to online and what value can be placed on that change.”
The constituents of the new user valuation are: