The percentage of U.S. adults not using the internet has dwindled substantially over the past two decades, with 7% of U.S. adults reporting not using the internet, according to a new study by Pew Research. This is a significant drop from the 48% of offline adults reported in 2000 and 24% in 2010. Age was found to be the single most common indicator of a person’s likelihood to be offline. 25% of adults over the age of 65 acknowledged never going online.
The next most common indicators were educational attainment and household income. The study found that 14% of U.S. adults with a high school education or less and 14% of households with an annual income below $30,000 were offline — this is double the 7% national average in both categories.
These offline rates drop as education and income levels rise and age falls.
Source: Pew Research Center