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Who's Not Online (And What Kind Of Person Is)


According to this study from the Pew Charitable Trust, 20% of non-Internet users live with someone who uses the Internet from home. Workarounds allow them to “use” the Internet by having email sent and received by online family members and by having others in their home do online searches for information they want.

17% of non-Internet users were once users. Most of them are dropouts because of technical problems such as broken computers or problems with their Internet Service Provider. In April 2000, 13% of non-users were Net Dropouts.

Some 24% of Americans are truly offline; they have no direct or indirect experience with the Internet.


What kind of people go online:

    Younger Americans are much more wired than older Americans.
  • Well-to-do Americans are more wired that less well-off Americans, and the employed are far more wired than the unemployed.
  • White Americans are more wired than African-Americans and Hispanics.
  • Well-educated Americans are more wired than those who only completed high school.
  • Suburban and urban residents are more wired than rural residents.
  • Parents of children living at home are more wired than non-parents.


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