Did anyone else see this and think “Whoa”?

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CNN posted this article titled “Why one in five U.S. adults doesn’t use the Internet“.  Here’s just a snippet:

Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services, getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report.

Why? Mostly they’re just not interested — not in the Web, e-mail, YouTube, Facebook or anything else that happens online.

“Among current non-internet users, almost half (48%) say the main reason they don’t go online now is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them — often saying they don’t want to use the internet and don’t need to use it to get the information they want or conduct the communication they want,” said the report.

I’m really surprised that 20% of American’s don’t use the internet.  I think that number is really high – not that I don’t believe it’s accurate.  Aside from elderly relatives, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t use the internet, at least from time to time.

I go computer free on Wednesdays and sometimes it’s a stretch not to scratch my itch to get online.  I’m not sure what that says about me but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know.  :)

I think that 1 in 5 is a surprising number but interesting and I thought I’d share.

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2 Responses to Did anyone else see this and think “Whoa”?

  1. I was surprised a bit with the percentage as well but I started thinking of the parents at my previous school in the US. Many of them were working class parents, some working two jobs and often with limited education. My school district was getting ready to go “paper-less” on many forms and going to ask parents to complete registration online. We knew we were going to have to advocate for our parents who were limited on time and computer skills to provide support for them. So I was familiar with a number of adults who don’t use the internet much or at all. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see if that percentage of ‘non-users’ drops over time as the number of ‘digital immigrants’ (like me) and ‘digital natives’ (like my students) grow up and grow older.

    • Hi, Diana! I agree that it will be interesting to see how the numbers change as things go more and more digital. It’s not really the same at all – but now it seems really rare to find pay phone or rotary phones. It’s just how things change. I don’t have a cell (because of the way the cell system is designed there with their stupid contracts, act) when I go home to the States during the summer so I really notice that. I guess times change and what was once normal is no longer and we just have to adapt. I think your point also shows how important libraries are since they offer free computers, internet access and education for those that cannot afford it at home.

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