Could you live without the Internet?
According to the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of American adults, 3.3 million of them, still don’t use the World Wide Web. Of those not obsessively checking their status updates, Googling themselves and Vining (whatever that is), 21 percent said they are not interested in the Internet at all.
The Pew study found:
- 34% of non-Internet users think the Internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
- 32% of non-Internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the Internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or frustrating to go online, they are physically unable, or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware, and hackers. This figure is considerably higher than in earlier surveys.
- 19% of non-Internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an Internet connection.
- 7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the Internet.
Older Americans made up a large percentage of those who may be waiting for this Internet craze to blow over. According to Pew, of those who did not use the Internet, 44 percent were 65 years old and older. These older folks made up nearly half of all those who said they weren’t even interested in using the Internet at all.
Pew also noted this about inter-NOT users:
- 44% of offline adults have asked a friend or family member to look something up or complete a task on the Internet for them.
- 23% of offline adults live in a household where someone else uses the Internet at home, a proportion that has remained relatively steady for over a decade.
- 14% of offline adults say that they once used to use the Internet, but have since stopped for some reason.
Poverty, education and age remain the largest demographic determinants.
Of those who are online, nine percent did not have connectivity in their homes. African-Americans and Hispanics, and adults with low incomes and education levels were more likely to rely on Internet connect outside their homes.
The real crime here: Three percent of all adults who do go online still use dial-up.