(The Hosting News) – In today’s world, relying on online services hasn’t just become a luxury, in some cases, it’s often become critical. People now use the internet to pay bills, look at weather reports, read news, figure out directions and find out about relevant events occurring in their respective communities.
Despite the above, some Americans still don’t find the Internet ideal enough to use.
According to a recent Pew Research study, 15% of people in the U.S. still don’t use the internet at all. Meanwhile, another 9% use it, however, not at home.
So exactly what are the reasons for those not relying on the web? According to the study, 21% of non-users reported that they were “just not interested” while 13% said they didn’t have a computer. Meanwhile, 10% described the internet as “too difficult/frustrating” while 8% said they “don’t know how/don’t have skills.”
Another 8% also said they were “too old to learn” while 7% just didn’t have access.
And while the users didn’t get on the internet themselves, the Pew study found that their lives had indeed been affected by the web in some way: 44% of those offline reported that they had asked another person to look something up on the web for them.
“Overall, most adults who do not use the internet or email do not express a strong desire to go online in the future: just 8% of offline adults say they would like to start using the internet or email, while 92% say they are not interested. We also offline adults whether they would need assistance going online if they did wish to do so, and found that only 17% of all non-internet users say they would be able to start using the internet on their own, while 63% say they would need assistance,” stated Pew via its study.
To get the study’s results, Pew surveyed 2,252 adults between April 17th and May 19th of 2013. You can view the full results here (pewinternet.org).