20 Percent of American Adults Don’t Use the Internet
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– McAffee exec announced as next US Homeland Security cheif
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I have a friend that hates the Internet. She cringes when the words “Facebook” or “Google” even come up. She’s been on only a couple of times – but otherwise I’ll get a call asking to print off some document she needs.
Even though more homes are investing in broadband Internet, the New York Times reports roughly 20 percent of American adults do not use the Internet at home, work or via mobile. Some are by choice, yet others do not have the money for this amenity.
76% of white American households and 57% of African-American households use the Internet. Approximately 50% of people 65 and older go online, while 75% under 65 use the Internet.
Average home Internet costs are around $30 a month. Some people might not be able to pay the minimal fee (usually 19.95). Others just don’t justify it and rather have cable.
Things that can change a persons mind might include set top boxes – getting content like Netflix through your computer or streaming media device. Phone connections, including video connections – maybe having a weekly phone call with Mom and Dad.
For those who don’t have home Internet, help them out. Like I said before, I will print out documents for my friend if she needs them. She can always come over and use my connections and I will search and find information for anyone that asks – of course within reason.
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