Pew Research Center’s recent report shows that despite the importance of the Internet for information, news, shopping, and communications with family and friends, 15% of American adults do not use the Internet. This percentage has not substantially changed over the past three years.
This Pew Research analysis reveals that Internet non-adoption is correlated with a number of demographic variables, including age, educational attainment, household income, race and ethnicity, and community type.
Included in these findings:
39% of adults ages 65+ do not use the Internet.
33% of adults with less than a high school education are offline.
25% of adults earning less than $30,000 annually do not use the Internet.
24% of rural Americans are offline.
20% of Black Americans and 18% of Hispanics are offline.
The Pew Research concludes that over time, the offline population has been shrinking, and the increases in Internet use have been significant for seniors and adults without a high school diploma.
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