Regular readers know we're big fans of Pew Research. Their Web at 25 in the U.S. report includes a wide range of statistics and facts on U.S Internet usage since its inception.
One of the biggest reactions this study has gotten is surprise that not everyone is on the Web or has a smartphone. Because of this, we thought we'd highlight these results.
The chart below shows the percent of adult Americans that use the Internet over time.
Today, about 13% of adult Americans (around 38 million) do not use the Internet. The vast majority of these people are over 65, but even in younger groups about 7% of Americans are effectively offline.
Pew did a study on offline Americans last year and found the main reason people gave for being offline is a lack of relevance in their lives. See the study for more information.
As the chart below shows, about 58% of Americans own a smartphone. Since it seems like everyone has a smartphone these days, this too surprises people.
Smartphones make make up the vast majority of new U.S. cellphone sales, so expect to see these continues to increase.