32 Percent of Non-Users Think the Internet is Irrelevant, 15 Percent of Adults Still Not On

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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.

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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.
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Huray, we have 32% retardet idiots on earth

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Hooray* retarded*

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I actually believe this will become true of younger individuals as well. As a very early user (1980's in the military) I've seen The Internet joined by the World Wide Web and become a polluted sea of garbage. It has basically become a method for viewing pornography, stealing copyrighted material, looking up poorly referenced information, buying more crap, another way to get ripped off and stalked, communicating every boring nuance of one's daily life, meeting people for anonymous sex, and shrinking our career market. Not to mention, the demise of real journalism and face to face communication. The average connection cost in the U.S. is 68 dollars, that added to the average 90 dollar cell phone bill, 110 dollars for cable, and 286 dollars for basic utilities; no wonder people are strapped. Now that I no longer need to work for a living, I've ditched my cellular service and gone back to a wired phone connection for less than 18 bucks a month. I put up an outside antenna and pick up stations from coast to coast here in Florida and receive about 60 channels and sub-channels. I think next I'll install LYNX (a text only browser) and go back to dial-up. It's nice to have a few hundred dollars extra each month to be able to actually get out and do something like beach trips and real socializing.

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Haha, ignorant stupidity shows its face in the form of comment on a tech review site once again.

I deal with computer repairs and you'd be surprised at the amount of computers people bring me that are barely capable of browsing modern websites such as facebook. Computers aren't like toasters. You have to keep up to date with them, where with a toaster it'll toast the bread just fine for many years. I've literally had customers bring me just their CRT monitors and tell me that the computer has a virus on it and their son put it on there from using "the youtube."

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Autocorrect and German Layout. Sry ^^

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