7% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?

By Pew Research - April 4, 2021

For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 7% of U.S. adults say they do not use the internet, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021.  How we did this

Who’s not online?

Internet non-adoption is linked to a number of demographic variables, but is strongly connected to age – with older Americans continuing to be one of the least likely groups to use the internet. Today, 25% of adults ages 65 and older report never going online, compared with much smaller shares of adults under the age of 65.

Educational attainment and household income are also indicators of a person’s likelihood to be offline. Some 14% of adults with a high school education or less do not use the internet, but that share falls as the level of educational attainment increases. Adults living in households earning less than $30,000 a year are far more likely than those whose annual household income is $75,000 or more to report not using the internet (14% vs. 1%).


The video below isn’t directly related to the article but might contain relevant information about the topic.

This is what the internet does to your brain
Thomas Frank
Jun 2019

Thanks to neuroplasticity, our brains change their physical structures in response to the technologies we use… including the internet. Here’s a look at the science behind how the internet changes our brains, and how using it is actually overwriting the structures that allow us to focus intensely and do deep work. We’ll also look at 10 different ideas for counteracting the internet’s negative influences and reclaiming your attention.

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