The Lost Generation

According to CNN (OK, even so, let’s assume this is true for discussion purposes), “one in five U.S. adults don’t use the Internet:”

Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services, getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report.

Why? Mostly they’re just not interested — not in the Web, e-mail, YouTube, Facebook or anything else that happens online.

“Among current non-internet users, almost half (48%) say the main reason they don’t go online now is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them — often saying they don’t want to use the internet and don’t need to use it to get the information they want or conduct the communication they want,” said the report.

The respondents’ next-most common reasons were that they don’t have a computer or that it’s too expensive, too difficult, or a waste of time.

Most Americans who don’t currently go online have never gone online before — and no one else in their household uses the Internet. Just over 20% of non-users say they know enough about technology to start going online if they wanted to, and only 10% said they’re interested in using the internet or e-mail in the future.


All of us, at one time or another asked ourselves, as Bryant Gumbel is wont to say, “What is Internet?” I feel badly for those who chose to reply, “Who cares?”



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