Why One in Five U.S. Adults Don’t Use the Internet
By Amy Gahran
Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services, getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report.
Why? Mostly they’re just not interested — not in the Web, e-mail, YouTube, Facebook or anything else that happens online.
* Just over 20% of non-Internet-users say they know enough about technology to start going online if they wanted to.
* Almost 48% say they don’t go online because they don’t think the Internet is relevant to them.
* Nearly 60% of U.S. adults who never completed high school don’t use the internet.
* A common reason why people shy away is they think it’s a waste of time.