Americans 65 and Older Still Aren’t 100% Sure About the Internet

"We stormed Normandy Beach for you, kid; please don't bother us with your stupid Internet memes."

IDK what the fuss is all about ,guys. (Photo:
IDK what the fuss is all about ,guys. (Photo:

Someone alert Mark Zuckerberg, because there are still a few Americans that don’t use the Internet and aren’t particularly interested in starting now. The latest survey from Pew’s Internet and American Life Project reveals that 15 percent of American adults don’t use the Internet. 92 percent of them say they just aren’t interested in getting online or using email.

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So what’s keeping them offline? About a third (34 percent) just don’t think the Internet’s relevant to their lives. (Guess they haven’t heard of /r/spacedicks?) Another 32 percent say it just isn’t easy enough to use. It’s frustrating, or they’re scared of hackers, or some such.

Sometimes, it’s a matter of barriers to access. Around 9 percent of those surveyed use the Internet at work or elsewhere, but don’t have home access. Of those who stay offline entirely, 19 percent cite cost, and another 7 percent blame the fact that they physically can’t get the Internet. 41 percent of adults who didn’t graduate high school aren’t online, and rural residents are more likely to abstain.

Oh, and 3 percent of those surveyed are still using dial-up.

Often, though, the split is simply based on age:

One of the strongest patterns in the data on internet use is by age group: 44% of Americans ages 65 and older do not use the internet, and these older Americans make up almost half (49%) of non-internet users overall.

Who can blame them? Betabeat certainly doesn’t plan on wasting our golden years in dumb Twitter battles and liveblogs of award shows.

Americans 65 and Older Still Aren’t 100% Sure About the Internet