So it probably isn’t a surprise to you that your 92-year old grandparents aren’t much for Twittering or forwarding funny LOLcat messages to coworkers, but you might be surprised to know they aren’t the only ones out of the loop; a new survey illustrates that one in five american households have never even sent an email.
A poll taken by CNET reveals a few astonishing facts about the internet, computing, and Americans. Here are the results:
1. Just under one in three heads-of-households in the U.S. have never created any sort of document on a PC.
2. 21% of them haven’t even visited a website.
3. The same percentage have never written an email.
4. (In line with number two) 21% have never searched for information on the World Wide Web.
5. 18% of American households don’t have the internet.
The survey was conducted by phone, and the results are less astonishing than some may be inclined to think initially.
First, many of the respondents who don’t use email are over the age of 65. More than 50% of the respondents who don’t have internet have never completed education further than high-school. Of those who don’t have internet, less than 10% intended to purchase internet in the next year.
Really, these numbers aren’t too surprising considering the distribution of citizens between the lower, middle, and upper classes. All of those who fall into the survey results above are either older citizens who just don’t care to adopt the technology, or are largely comprised of low-income households who can’t afford the technology.
Adoption rates will increase as technology and service becomes more affordable. As for getting grandma on Twitter, don’t hold your breath.