FreakyFriday: Weird of the Day – 20 percent of Americans Aren’t Internet Users

By: iCopywriter Senior Editor, Heather Price-Wright

According to a study released April 13 by the Pew Research Center, a rather startling number of Americans – 1 in 5 – do not regularly, and in most cases have never used the Internet. 

The study found that the most common people to fall into this no-Web category were:

  • People who elected to take the survey in Spanish
  • Seniors
  • Adults with an education level lower than a high school diploma
  • People whose household incomes were less than $30,000 annually
  • Disabled people

This data reveals a great deal about the uneven access to the Internet plaguing the less advantaged in this country, an issue everyone from civil rights groups to the federal government has attempted to tackle. In fact, Tech News Daily reported last year that the United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have a governmental guarantee of universal Internet access for its citizens.

As serious as the issues of net neutrality and free access to the Web are, we can’t help thinking about how much more we’d get done in a day if we were among those who didn’t use the Internet regularly (the Pew study did reveal that many people who don’t use the Internet make the choice because they don’t find the Web “relevant.”)

In our Internet-free fantasy lives, we think we’d:

  • Finally start that salsa/herb/rose garden we’ve always wanted
  • Actually clean out the shoulder-padded 80s blazers from our closets (ditto the jeans we were sure we’d fit back into by this point in our never-ending diets)
  • Exercise every day and definitely go back to hot yoga (which we did once a couple years ago and totally loved, really we did)
  • Cook elaborate meals from Julia Childs’ cookbook, á la “Julia and Julia,” but obviously without the blogging
  • Go on long, rambling walks, just because
  • Dust
  • Read Proust
  • Organize all our old family photos into photo albums, you know, with actual pages? (Bye bye, Smilebox).
  • Make all our Christmas presents by hand, including the wrapping paper
  • Subscribe to tons of magazines because we wouldn’t have Pinterest anymore
  • Actually keep the phonebooks that show up on our front steps every so often…and use them to get in touch with people…on a land line
  • Spend more time with the people we love

So, while we know that in reality, life without the Internet would be arduous and pretty bizarre, we can’t help thinking it might be a little refreshing, too.

What would be your favorite pastime sans Internet? We’re dying to hear!

Have you checked out lately?