A new study has found that daily Internet usage in America has slowed down dramatically over the past year, with 21 percent now claiming that they donâ€™t use the Internet at all.
The results are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between April 29 and May 30 of this year â€” from a sample of 2252 adults, aged 18 and older.
It found that two-thirds of American adults (66 percent) now have a broadband Internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63 percent with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.
Most demographic groups experienced flat-to-modest broadband adoption growth over the last year. The notable exception to this trend came among African-Americans, who experienced 22 percent year-over-year broadband adoption growth.
In 2009, 65 percent of whites and 46 percent of African-Americans were broadband users (a 19-point gap). In 2010, 67 percent of whites and 56 percent of African-Americans claim to be broadband users (representing an 11-point gap).
Forty-eight percent think the Web holds information irrelevant to their lives, while 60 percent said they were uncomfortable with computers in general and 90 percent just plain donâ€™t care to be online. Over two-thirds (69 percent ) of those who donâ€™t use the Internet are over the age of 65, while others may live in rural areas, have a low income or lack a high school education. Five percent of Americans still connect using dial-up.
By a 53 to 41 percent margin, Americans say they do not believe that the spread of affordable broadband should be a major government priority. Contrary to what some might suspect, non-Internet users are less likely than current users to say the government should place a high priority on the spread of high-speed connections.