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20% Of Americans Still Don’t Use The Internet

Sites include . Published on May 8th, 2012. Written by Daniel Renfro.

It is not surprising to hear that the amount of internet users has drastically increases over the last decade, or even 2 decades ago. Virtually everything can be done nowadays on the internet; from paying bills, car insurance, communication, work, school, entertainment, and the list goes on and on and on…What is more abnormal these days: hearing about someone that uses the internet, has multiple e-mail and social media accounts and banks online, or someone who does not use the internet at home, doesn’t have a computer in their house, and still uses good old fashioned pen and paper? Obviously the 2nd is more abnormal to hear about these days.

Here’s some more interesting info about this report:

“A recent report shows that 20%, or 1 in 5 American adults still do no use the internet. This is a seemingly low number, but is it really when thinking of all the adults in the US and to imagining that this many (remember 1 in 5) don’t use the internet still? That’s not really such a small number at all. This report was from the mid 90′s to 2005, and since then the percentage of adult users of the internet has stayed about the same, varying from 75-80%.

According to this report, “senior citizens, those who prefer to take our interviews in Spanish rather than English, adults with less than a high school education, and those living in households earning less than $30,000 per year are the least likely adults to have Internet access.” Age, household income and education have remained the strongest positive predictors of Internet use since Pew started tracking these numbers.”

So the factors that have a lot to do with whether or not adults are using the internet are education level and amount of income, as well as age. This isn’t so surprising. But it will be interesting to see how this number goes up, down, or possibly stays the same over the next decade.

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