For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends
and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 7% of U.S.
adults say they do not use the Internet, according to a Pew Research Center
survey conducted 25 Jan—8 Feb 2021.

Internet non-adoption is linked to a number of demographic variables, but is
strongly connected to age—with older Americans continuing to b= e one of
the least likely groups to use the Internet. Today, 25% of adults ages 65
and older report never going online, compared with much smaller shares of
adults under the age of 65.

Educational attainment and household income are also indicators of a
person's likelihood to be offline. Some 14% of adults with a high-school
education or less do not use the Internet, but that share falls as the level
of educational attainment increases. Adults living in households earning
less than $30,000 a year are far more likely than those whose annual
household income is $75,000 or more to report not using the Internet (14%
vs. 1%).  [...]

  [There are many facilities that now are enabled with relatively easy
  online Internet access, but without other convenient routes—e.g.,
  certain vaccine appointments, food services that take only online orders,
  remote voter registration even in states where it is part of automobile
  registration (which usually requires in-presence appearance), and lots
  more.  Even Internet voting (which we know opens up serious security
  vulnerabilities) would still be inaccessible to many people who might need
  other alternatives.  If diversity and equal opportunity are to be achieved
  in reality, then more alternative paths that are widely available need to
  exist.  PGN]

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