Pew: 20% of adults avoid Internet, smartphones closing digital divide

By Rick
Apr 17, 2012
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  1. According to an annual Pew Research survey, about 1 out of 5 American adults don't use the Internet. Out of that 20 percent, most of those adults believe the Internet...

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  2. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    This survey is non-sense. Everyone knows there's no girls on the internet.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Iv never had faith in the test 2k people to represent a entire country method.
  4. gibbstar

    gibbstar TS Enthusiast Posts: 30

    i did a research project on this in school fall quarter, getting pretty much the same results. it's always funny to me how the people who fear technology always fall into the old and/or uneducated groups in society. *laugh*
  5. Take any basic statistics course and you will see why a small sample size is nearly as accurate as surveying the entire population.
  6. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    It's statistically sound. Asking ten times as many people would only increase the accuracy by 1%-3%
  7. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +64

    The surge in usage among adults is noteworthy -- a 31% increase in 11 years. That'd be an explosion of sorts from a sociological standpoint.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    All I know is the day before a presidential race people are polled and they are way off. But I have heard the same thing you 2 are saying however I still don't trust surveys and polls. Maybe its because I used to conduct surveys\polls via telephone. Perhaps what your surveying has a impact.

    Science totally backs you up according to what iv heard on the news.
  9. I'm not so sure that "fear of technology" scares people away from the internet. I would have to assume that the majority of the elderly and the "uneducated groups" simply don't have the same level of disposable income that the middle/upper classes have, and would rather spend their money on something other than a monthly cable/DSL bill.
  10. Surveys can be created to produce the results you want, here's a very simple example.

    Example 1 (standard question).
    Q1: Do you allow your children access the internet?

    Example 2 (lead in question)
    Q1: Do you think porn is easly accessable on the internet?
    Q2: Do you allow your children access the internet?

    In the first example let's assume you just want a straight answer. In example two by asking a lead in question(s) you can steer or skew the results by framing the question, since now people will be thinking more about one aspect of the internet.
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  11. If I was old 65+ what better way to spend $30 bucks a month for all the porn i can handle and news plus keeping in tuch with fammly on face book. well it is there loss if they are scared of computers. I guss they can just sit around waiting to die
  12. internet is cheep can get it fot $25 per month. Id kill my self if i could not even afford basic internet when i get old.
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Maybe $30/mo on adult literacy classes ?
    The 20% seems only incrementally down on the previous year, so there are maybe factors in play here such as broadband availability/coverage and quality and availability of dial-up service where broadband is lacking.
    If the U.S. is anything like New Zealand then there will be a percentage of the population involved directly in primary production (agriculture, forestry, fishing, farming etc.) in smaller communities where the internet -by and large- is of little interest in general and family and friends may not have migrated from a town/local county. If so, seeing a growing number of "statistics" such as this and this isn't likely to sway the 20%...only attrition (death), a move to a near complete service based economy and a reduction in rural population will achieve....full assimilation.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    It's funny for me to read this article as I have an uncle who has just yesterday made a statement that he doesn't want anything to do with the Internet. He has been there done that and now chooses to stay out of the shark infested waters. We all know the shark infested waters I speak of, as Mal-ware infested websites.

    We that do know, should be making the Internet a safer place for those that don't know. Until we take pride in cleaning the crap from the Internet, no one has any grounds to point fingers at those who choose to stay off the Internet. Calling those who choose not to deal with the crap uneducated, is an insult to yourself.

    1. Why are we that do know, not making the Internet a safer place?
    2. Why do we prefer to point a finger at those who don't know instead?

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