At a time when the use of the internet is necessary for almost everything, a certain percentage of people do not get online. A new survey published Tuesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (PIALP) revealed that 15 percent of adults in the United States (U.S) do not go online or use email as a means of communication.
In this survey another finding or tendency that came about was another 9 percent of American adults use the internet but not from home. Out of the answers sampled various sorts of reasons were documented and explained why a small percentage had little to some access to the web.
“Even among the 85% of adults who do go online, experiences connecting to the internet may vary widely. For instance, even though 76% of adults use the internet at home, 9% of adults use the internet but lack home access. These internet users cite many reasons for not having internet connections at home, most often relating to issues of affordability…” according to the PIALP.
The reasons as far as to why adults could or would not access the internet can be summarized by the following: relevance (not interested, waste of time, too busy, etc), usability (difficulty, frustrating, too old, etc), price (too expensive, does not have a computer), lack of availability or access.
Below are additional percentages and reasons for lack of access to the internet:
- "34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it."
- "32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or frustrating to go online, they are physically unable, or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware, and hackers. This figure is considerably higher than in earlier surveys."
- "19% of non-internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an internet connection."
- "7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the internet."
The survey results were based on data conducted through telephone interviews by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The interviews were done in English and Spanish starting from April 17 to May 19, 2013.