The Pew Research Center continues to provide insights on our evolving relationship with the web in a recent study on how the different generations are using the web [pdf].
Seventy-nine percent of American adults go online. What about the other 21%? Their reasons for their offline status are below:
|© Pew Research Center, 2010|
Not surprisingly, younger generations continue to be prominent Internet users: adults ages 45 and younger make up 49% of the total adult population yet represent about 56% of online users. Internet use drops off significantly for adults over the age of 65. It's hard to tell what percentage of this group is represented in the 21% above.
What is surprising is that the primary reason given for being offline is "Just not interested" with "Too old to learn" and lack of access to resources falling far behind. Who makes up the 21%? They may just be the last of the most productive people on the planet.