Study: 15 percent of U.S. adults aren’t online

Fifteen percent of U.S. adults don’t use the Internet, with age, education, ethnicity and income being large determining factors, a new Pew analysis finds.

Age was the largest factor. Nearly 40 percent of adults over the age of 65 don’t use the Internet, compared to only 3 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 and 6 percent of adults ages 30 to 49.

Income also played a large role, with 1 in 4 adults who make less than $30,000 not on the Internet, compared to only 3 percent of adults who make more than $75,000.

As for ethnicity, Asians were the most likely to be on the Internet, with only 5 percent of Asian adults not on the Internet. Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to not be on the Internet than whites, with 20 percent of blacks and 18 percent of Hispanics not on the Internet, compared to 14 percent of whites.

Those who have completed college are also more likely to use the Internet, with only 4 percent of college graduates not on the Internet, compared to 33 percent of adults who have not completed high school.

Rural adults were twice as likely to be non-users of the Internet, but there was no difference in the number of urban and suburban adults. The numbers were equal for men and women (15 percent).

Though the study notes that number of adults who don’t use the Internet hasn’t changed much in the past three years, the number is substantially lower than the 48 percent of adults who didn’t use the Internet in 2000, and 24 percent in 2010.

A previous Pew study conducted in 2013 found that a third of non-Internet users do not go online because they had no interest in doing so. Another 32 percent said that using the Internet was too difficult to use, with 8 percent saying that they were “too old to learn.” Expenses also played a role, with 19 percent saying that the cost of owning a computer and an Internet service was why they weren’t online.


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