37 Million Americans Have Never Been Online

That's 1 in 6 U.S. citizens

#Internet

Fri, Jul 31st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Washington Post, 37 million Americans — the poor, the old, and the uneducated — have never been online. The data reveals that class, race, and income play a significant role on the ability of being online.

Mostly they're poorer, older and undereducated, according to the Pew Research Center's latest figures. Fifteen percent of U.S. adults, or about 37 million people, by the Census Bureau's latest count, don't use the Web. But break it down by race and class, and suddenly the numbers look very bleak: A fifth of black Americans are disconnected. Same goes for the 25 percent of Americans who make less than $30,000 a year and a quarter of all adults who live in rural areas. And among those who've never finished high school, a third never use the Web.

Judging by the number of times personal information has been exposed to hackers, perhaps these individuals are better off staying off-line.

Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people.

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