According to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 21 percent of American adults do not use the Internet. And of those, 90 percent say they have no intention of using the Internet in the future.
Among the non-internet users, 34 percent do have some relationship with the online world, ranging from living in a home with an Internet connection or having used the Internet at some point in the past.
As far as reasons, 48 percent say they are too busy or not interested, while 21 percent are concerned about the price and 18 percent cite usability concerns, such as that it is too difficult or they don't know how. Surprisingly, only 6 percent said they didn't have Internet access.
These statistics are down slightly from a similar study Pew did in January, 2009. In that study, 25 percent of adults weren't on the Internet at all and were unlikely to change, with 33 percent of them not being interested and 13 percent of them not having access.
In general, however, the statistics are not greatly changed from the 2009 study, Pew said. The one major exception is in African-Americans, where the broadband-adoption gap between blacks and whites has been cut nearly in half. (A survey earlier this year found a big jump in interest in the Latino population.)
Interestingly, the survey went on to ask users about government efforts to expand broadband access. 26 percent of Americans say that expansion of affordable broadband access should not be attempted by government, 27 percent said it was "not too important" a priority, 30 percent said it was an important priority, and 11 percent said it should be a top priority.
However, "Those who are not currently online are especially resistant to government efforts to expand broadband access," Pew said. "Fully 45 percent of non-users say government should not attempt to make affordable broadband available to everyone, while just 5 percent of those who don't use the Internet say broadband access should be a top federal government priority. Younger users (those younger than age 30) and African Americans were the most likely to favor expanded government efforts towards broadband access, while older Americans were among the least likely to back the expansion of affordable broadband access as a government priority."