According to a recent study, 11 million Americans over the age of 18 do not use the Internet. That’s about 15 percent of adults nationwide.
Buzzfeed reported statistics from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Spring Tracking Survey from April 17 through May 19, 2013.
According to the report, 3.3 million people surveyed claim the Internet has no relevance to them. The majority of non-users say the Internet is a “waste of time,” they don’t have the time or need, or they “just aren’t interested.”
“Most offline adults either don’t see the Internet as relevant to them, or feel that it would not be worth the effort,” Kathryn Zickuhr, the author of the study, told BuzzFeed.
These statistics may come as a shock to those of us who rely on the Internet for nearly everything in our daily lives. It would be the equivalent of the entire population of Seattle deciding the Internet is of no use to them, Buzzfeed noted.
Other reasons people stated for not using the Internet included lack of access, too expensive, physically unable (e.g. poor eyesight or disabled), or worries about privacy.
A summary of the report can be seen below: