For the majority of us in the United States we couldn't imagine not being able to log on to our social network account, reading periodicals that are online only and exchanging e-mails with our friends. For these reasons it surprised many of us when we heard the results of the Pew Internet & American Life Project that revealed 1out of every 6 people 18 & over do not use the Internet.
“A lot of people are surprised to discover that not everyone is online,” Pew's Kathryn Zickuhr said in a release accompanying the findings. “Most offline adults either don’t see the internet as relevant to them, or feel that it would not be worth the effort."
When asked why they did not use the Internet those people gave one of four answers 34% said it had no relevance to their everyday lives, 32% stated usability, 19% gave price as a reason and 7% still had no access. The most shocking of these are those last two categories that have 26%, approximately 10 million adults, saying that they are off line for a reasons out of their immediate control.
On the same report Pew also shows that most (67%) of those adults have either asked a friend to look something up for them or live somewhere that does have Internet access. Out of the 33% of the other offline adults 14% of them said that they used the Internet at one time and decided that it just wasn't worth their time anymore.