Approximately 15 per cent of Americans still do not use the internet, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center. This equates to around 47 million people.
Despite recent government initiatives to encourage people to go online, the offline population in the United States has hovered at the same level for the last three years. However, the number of non-internet users is significantly lower than the 48 per cent seen in 2000, when the institution started studying the web’s effect on society.
The study discovered that internet adoption is dependent on several factors, including age, ethnicity, and household income.
For example, 39 per cent of adults aged 65 and older do not use the internet, compared to merely 3 per cent of those aged 18 to 29. While the figure for the “golden generation” appears to be substantial, it’s a far cry from the 86 per cent recorded 15 years ago.
In terms of ethnicity, only 5 per cent of Asian Americans and 14 per cent of white Americans are offline, while 18 per cent of Hispanic Americans and 20 per cent of black Americans do not use the internet.
In terms of location, merely 13 per cent of Americans in the cities and suburbs do not use the internet, while 24 per cent of those living in rural areas do not go online. Moreover, families earning less than $30,000 per year are around eight times less likely to access the web than those from more prosperous households.
The data for the latest report was taken from three surveys carried out in 2015. It involved a total of 5,005 respondents with a margin of error of about 1.6 percentage points.