Nearly 20% of Americans Don't Use The Internet
April 15, 2012

Nearly 20% Of Americans Don’t Use The Internet

Americans who use the Internet are doing so more now than ever before, but one out every five adults in the US does not go online at all, according to an April 13 report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The Pew study reports that those who are most likely to steer clear of the World Wide Web are seniors, Spanish-speaking Americans, adults who do not have a high school diploma, and those earning less than $30,000 per year, said PCWorld reporter John P. Mello Jr..

"Among current non-internet users, almost half (48%) say the main reason they don't go online now is because they don't think the internet is relevant to them -- often saying they don't want to use the internet and don't need to use it to get the information they want or conduct the communication they want," the Pew report said, according to a CNN article published Friday.

In addition, a majority of non-users told Pew that they have not been online even once in their lives, and one-fifth of them say that they are not technologically knowledgeable enough to use the Internet, Mello said. Ten percent of the non-users added that they have no interest in surfing the Web or using email anytime in the foreseeable future.

In all, an estimated 78% of all American adults used the Internet as of August 2011, said TechCrunch reporter Frederic Lardinois. The Pew study also revealed that 94% of college educated adults, 97% of those earning at least $75,000 annually, and 94% of 18-29 year olds were regular Internet users.

Furthermore, a higher percentage of men (80%) described themselves as Internet users than women (76%) in the telephone survey of more than 2,200 adults.

"Currently, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer," Pew wrote in their report. "About six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices. Gadget ownership is generally correlated with age, education, and household income, although some devices -- notably e-book readers and tablets -- are as popular or even more popular with adults in their thirties and forties than young adults ages 18-29."

"The internet access gap closest to disappearing is that between whites and minorities," they added, according to the report. "Differences in access persist, especially in terms of adults who have high-speed broadband at home, but they have become significantly less prominent over the years -- and have disappeared entirely when other demographic factors (including language proficiency) are controlled for."