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A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access and do not plan to get it, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, according to a survey released on Friday.
The second annual National Technology Scan conducted by Park found the main reason potential customers say they do not subscribe to the Internet is because of the low value to their daily lives they perceive rather than concerns over cost.
A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access
low value to their daily lives
Or low value to their daily income, and they simply can't afford the access ( or computer ). I'd think this would be a higher percentage of the 1/3 versus anything else. A better survey would be how many people actually own a computer and don't have Internet access... that would surely be a more telling and interesting story.
Forty-four percent of these households say they are not interested in anything on the Internet, versus just 22 percent who say they cannot afford a computer or the cost of Internet service, the survey showed.
that's "just" 7 million households who "say they cannot afford a computer or the cost of Internet service"...
A better survey would be how many people actually own a computer and don't have Internet access... that would surely be a more telling and interesting story.
i wonder how much instersection there is between the 7 million and the 8 million numbers.
1950 - USA households with TV's: 9%
1956 - USA households with TV's: 71%
yet it took another 22 years (1978) before 98% of USA households had TV's.
Demographics dictate that the first 2/3 of the population are easy to get, the last third is a tough market.
9% of USA households don't have cars today, 21% of households in New Orleans at the time of Katrina didn't have a car.....
Given the level of technology/education involved with the Internet, its growth has been fantastic, certainly quicker than most would have predicted 15 years ago ;)
At Christmas my brother and I got them each a cell phone and pay for the service. Before that they never had a cell phone.
It's not that they are poor...in fact they have it made in the shade financially. A huge percentage of households in the US are elderly and I would imagine most of this age group cares little about surfing the net, ipods, blackberries and the such.
Throw into the mix that segment of our population that refuses to work (but are perfectly able) and would rather scrap by with government income redistribution programs. I doubt many of these people can afford a computer.
So, the results of this survey does not surprise me.
It's an old computer that screws up a lot, with access that would make most people scratch their heads as to what the fuss is all about.