15% in US shun Internet; most intend to stay offline

A journalist works online June 13, 2012. AFP – Despite a seemingly unstoppable move to digital lifestyles, some 15 percent of Americans don’t use the Internet, and most are quite content to remain offline, a survey shows.

5e8a8166cd9b5aa544b56e8605e505d83e7c7da9The survey released Wednesday found that in addition to the 15 percent of adults who don’t use the Internet on any device, another nine percent say they only go online at their workplace.

The report by the Pew Research Center found a whopping 92 percent of these “offline adults” with no interest in using the Internet or email in the near future. “A lot of people are surprised to discover that not everyone is online,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, a Pew researcher and author of the report.

“Most offline adults either don’t see the Internet as relevant to them, or feel that it would not be worth the effort. And though many have had some experiences with the Internet in the past, most non-Internet users say they are not interested in going online in the future.”

The survey found 34 percent of the offline Americans said the Internet is not relevant to them, that they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
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