In this day an age, the Internet
is so easy to use, even your grandmother can do it. Heck, she probably has a Facebook
page that she updates using her Kindle Fire
. Despite how easy it is to hop online, as well as convenient thanks to the mobile boom that has nearly every man, woman, and child wielding a smartphone or tablet, 15 percent of American adults ages 18 and older still do not hop online or use email, according to data released by Pew Internet.
When asked why they avoid the Internet, a little over a third -- 34 percent -- said they simply don't feel it's relevant to them. Some 32 percent would disagree with the statements above pertaining to ease-of-use and feel it's difficult or frustrating to go online, are physically unable to, or are worried about things like spam, spyware, and hackers.
For around 2 out of 10 people that don't go online, cost is an issue, whether it's the price of a PC or paying for an Internet connection. Finally, 7 percent of non-users likely live out in the boonies, as they cited a physical lack of availability or access to the Internet.
It's really not all that shocking that some people don't care to use the Internet, but what's surprising is that it could be as many as 15 percent of the Adult population, depending on how accurate Pew Internet's survey is. The findings are based on data from telephone interviews conducted from April 17 to May 19, 2013, and include 2,252 respondents.