Just three percent of American adults are still going online via dialup connections, according to Pew. We’re making progress.
A year ago 66 percent of American adults had high-speed broadband connections at home, and every year we’re making gains into getting more people connected. But why don’t more people have broadband at home?
“We’ve consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Associate for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue.”
I’m always intrigued by people who cite that they don’t have Internet at home, not because of money, but because of a lack of interest. I have to imagine that these are older citizens who didn’t grow up with the Internet and computing devices. I can’t imagine many younger people saying they don’t have interest in using the Internet. The data backs this up with 80 percent of adults between the ages of 18-29 having broadband, and that drops over every age bracket until it hits a low of 43 percent for adults 65 and older (despite older age brackets have more money in general than younger ones).
College education also drives broadband adoption. 89 percent of American adults with at least a college degree have home broadband, compared with 57 percent of high school graduates.
It won’t be long until the only real reason people don’t have broadband at home is a lack of access. This is something that the U.S. will need to work on, because access to broadband for more citizens helps keep U.S. citizens globally competitive with other advanced countries that have better broadband penetration.