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Report: 1 In 5 Americans Don't Use Internet

Here's a fact to blow your mind - apparently 1 in 5 Americans don't use the Internet.

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that one in five Americans never connect to the World Wide Web, with the majority of those falling into this category found to be senior citizens, adults with less than a high school qualification, disabled residents and those earning less than $30,000 per annum. Another interesting aspect noted by the survey was participants undertaking the survey in Spanish were also likely to not use the Internet.

Despite access to high-speed broadband being considered a priority by many - a problem the Obama administration and nonprofit organisations have highlighted - approximately half of those not using the Internet explained that they felt it was inappropriate. Surprisingly, only one in 10 stated that they were interested in the web's functions or using email in the near future.

However, it's not just this proportion of society that share this view - actress Winona Ryder said that whilst she doesn't log on, she does use the email facility on her BlackBerry (although she admits she's never read a blog).

"I feel like it's taking away that great anticipation of seeing a movie," Ryder said in an interview with Elle Magazine. "I would hate to see a picture of me and the caption reads, ‘Is she worth it?'"

Is the movie a L'Oreal advert? How often do you use the Internet? Hopefully a lot, as without it you wouldn't be able to read this story.

Source: Mashable (opens in new tab)

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and previously wrote for ITProPortal, with experience on TheNextWeb, UKFast, WorldRemit, Virgin Media, Google, and more.