One in Five U.S. Adults go Old School over the use of the Internet

by Shaleen S
While the internet has revolutionized the way people interact with the world, there are still one in five U.S. adults who do not use the internet at all. One of the main reason for not using the internet was that they didn’t have a need to do so. Things such as Facebook, YouTube, email etc. were felt irrelevant to those non users. The reason to support this thinking was that they were able to do everything they wanted to do, so there was no reason for paying those extra bucks for an internet service. The next most likely reason was that those people don’t own a computer or a laptop, and don’t have the money to afford one. And since they don’t have the gadget why bother with the internet.

It will be interesting to know that what type of people fall into this category. As per the research, 59% of them were senior citizens. Also, almost 60% of the people who did not complete high school don’t use the internet. But the most intriguing one was that households under the income of $30,000 do not go online. Out of the people with disabilities, 54% don’t use the internet since it interferes with the daily activities of their routine, and will slow them down even more.

The most convenient, and very common way to access the internet is the use of broadband. But as per the statistics, a surprising 40% of U.S. adults don’t have broadband at home. And that percentage is increasing slowly as we speak. There was a drop of 4% from 66% in May 2010 to 62% in April 2011.

Invention of smartphones have also led to the decline on no internet or no broadband at homes. Most of the minorities, people with no college experience, and young adults said that there main source of the internet was their mobile devices. Having the internet on the mobile devices, made those people more enthusiastic to stick to the internet on their device and more adamant to not to take a connection at home. The newer smartphones that come with full HTML browsing already have lot of features that enables these users to create, store, and share content. And few of them have larger screens too which makes it more fun.

I know that ill be qualm if i don’t have access to the internet at home. It was really interesting to know that a good amount of people actually don’t have a connection at home, or prefer to not to use internet at all!

 

Reference:

Gahran, Amy. “Why One in Five U.S. Adults Don’t Use the Internet – CNN.com.” CNN. Cable News Network, 13 Apr. 2012. Web. 15 Apr. 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/13/tech/web/pew-not-using-internet/index.html>.

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5 thoughts on “One in Five U.S. Adults go Old School over the use of the Internet”

  1. I think every single adult uses the internet, but to a limit. It is hard to believe that any adult goes with out using an internet. I am pretty sure they use the internet to check their emails since every single adult has an email account and also they can browse on internet to check sports find something on Google. It is one thing that they might not use the internet for Facebook or You Tube but they use it for emails even if they don’t know how they use it with the help of others of their children.
    I agree with you that with the new technologies in smart phones, that has reduce the use of internet at homes significantly.

  2. That was a good article about internet usage. I knew that some people don’t use the internet, but didn’t know that it was so high considering the internet is so mainstream. I get the feeling that old people that didn’t have the internet during their childhood would not care if they have internet or not. While people that was born with the internet can’t seem to stop using it.

  3. As the technology taking big steps towards keeping us up-to-date with things around us, i think we as human being have stepped up and learned and observed at every step of the way but then there are few who lack the right tools or simply just not wish to follow the new ways of the world and continue the way they have always done things.

  4. I can’t imagine not having internet at home. I’m surprised that the article says smartphones have lead to a decline in internet at home. While I do have a smartphone, it doesn’t mean I will totally forgo internet on my computer at home. Although my brother has a more up-to-date phone than I do, even he finds surfing the internet on it awkward at times, like dealing with the small screen. There’s also certain things I do on my computer, such as download videos, that I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing on my phone.

  5. I find it quite odd that some people look at the internet as a hindrance instead of as an enhancement to everyday life. It simply saves so much time and effort from everything we do, whether it be writing a report for school or simply looking up some recipes for cooking, I can only imagine the internet as an advantage to people. Those with disabilities should be helped even more, if their disabilities do not interfere with the ability to use the internet in the first place. They can find many ways to deal with their problems, and even others with the same issues as them, in order to connect and share information with others. I believe that the internet is of use to almost everyone, as long as they have an open enough mind to put some effort into learning to use it.

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