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1 in 7 don’t use Internet, study says

NEW YORK — The Internet is so entwined in their lives that many Americans might have trouble coping without it. But a survey found that some 15 percent — about 1 in 7 — don’t use the Internet at all. Most of them prefer it that way.

The study, released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, also found 9 percent of US adults use the Internet only when they are not at home. Adults with lower levels of income and education, as well as blacks and Hispanics, are significantly more likely to rely on Internet access outside of the home — in libraries, at work, or elsewhere.

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Of the people who don’t go online, only 8 percent want to.

Nearly everyone who goes online has broadband access, the report said; 3 percent of people who use the Internet do so via a dial-up connection.

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In 1995, only 14 percent of Americans said they went online. By 2000, half were online; by 2007, three-quarters.

As in previous years, age, income, education level, and race have a lot to do with who is and isn’t online. Forty-four percent of people 65 or older are not online, compared with 2 percent of those aged 18 to 29. Of people who have not graduated from high school, 41 percent don’t go online, compared with 4 percent of those with a college degree.

Nearly a quarter of people with household incomes of less than $30,000 per year are offline, compared with 4 percent of those with $75,000 or more. Sex did not seem to make a difference: Eighty-five percent of men use the Internet, and 84 percent of women.

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The survey, of 2,252 US adults, was conducted from April 17 to May 19 on landline and mobile phones.

It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

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