America’s Offline Population Hits All-Time Low, Reaches Just 7%

The internet has very likely become a core component of the manner in which you have currently chosen to end up living your life. Indeed, many people would find it downright impossible to even conceive of a reality wherein they are not constantly connected to the internet on a regular basis. In spite of the fact that this is the case, the internet was not quite as widespread as it is in the modern era.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that as many as half of all Americans were still offline as of 2000. Fast forward to 2023 and this proportion has shrunk to just 7%, which is the lowest percentage of Americans that did not regularly use the internet to get things done.

One thing that bears mentioning is that there is a considerable generation divide when it comes to internet usage with all things having been considered and taken into account. For example, just 1% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 don’t use the internet, with 2% of individuals between 30 and 49 saying the same. As for people aged between 50 and 64, 4% of them stated that they don’t go online very often. However, this jumps to a whopping 25% when people over 65 years of age are factored into the equation.

Of course, in the year 2000, 86% of people over sixty five were not using the internet. By that metric, the population of people over the age of retirement that does not use the internet has decreased dramatically, thereby making it so that it is easier for them to stay connected than might have been the case otherwise.

Another correlation can be seen between household income and internet access. For those earning over $75,000 per year, the percentage of people that did not have internet access was around 1%. This increased to 14% for households that earned less than $30,000 per year, which indicates that people that earn less are also more likely to be deprived of internet access due to various factors.

H/T: Pew / VC

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