U.S. Internet Penetration Hits 82%


Dallas (TX) - Almost four of five U.S. households have access to the Internet today, according to a survey released by Parks Associates. That, of course, means that a fairly high percentage of U.S. consumers does not have access to the Internet and Parks found that very few of them plan on using the Internet in the foreseeable time.

Parks Associates said that about 20 million U.S. households, or 18% of all households, are not connected to the Internet at this time. The numbers showed up in the research firm’s National Technology Scan survey, which included responses from 1000 participating households.

Interestingly, the numbers that are connected to using a computer are slightly higher than 18%. For example, 21% of households said that they never looked up a website on the Internet, 21% said they never sent or received an email, 21% said they never searched for information on the Internet and 30% said they never used a computer to create documents.

The dominant factors playing into computer and Internet use are age and education. 50% of those who have never used email are over 65, and 56% had no schooling beyond high school. Of those 20 million disconnected households, only 7% plan on subscribing to an Internet service within the next 12 months.

"Internet connections have slowly increased in U.S. households, but getting the disconnected minority online will continue to be difficult," John Barrett, director of research at Parks Associates, said. "Age and economics are important factors, but the heart of the challenge is deeper. Many people just don’t see a reason to use computers and do not associate technology with the needs and demands of their daily lives."

  • navvara
    I for one could not live without a computer or internet access. Well my body could survive but my mind would slowly die a horrible death. I just can't imagine life without having any posible piece of information at your fingertips. I've never spent a considerable period of time away from a computer and did have a computer since I was 6 (intel 386) so that might be a factor. Honestly it is hard for me to imagine what the mindset of someone who has no need for a computer....................................... End of line. .....................................................
  • kittle
    you have grown up with a PC all your life.
    Consider the perspective of someone who grew up with no PC for all their life. Its something new and chances are good they dont understand it anyway. so why buy something new that you dont understand anyway?

    I could live w/o a computer, but i cant say I would like it.
  • spuddyt
    I don't understand why some people insist on putting services online (e.g. dog showing - where they are all people who don't know how to use a computer!)
  • gm0n3y
    The number of non-internet users will slowly decrease as old people die. Eventually it will reach 95+%.