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Non-Internet users say getting online is too hard, not relevant to them

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(WJLA) - Only about 15 percent of adults in the United States don't regularly use the Internet, and according to a new Pew study, the vast majority of those people say that they either don't care about it or that its too hard to use.

The study, which was released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, indicates that 34 percent of people who don't use the Internet say that they don't think that there's anything interesting about it.

Specifically, those 34 percent of people who are not digitally savvy say that they don't believe the Internet is relevant to them, that they have no need for or or simply just aren't interested in what the web has to offer.

Moreover, 32 percent of non-Internet users say that the technology is either too hard to use, saying that getting online is either difficult or frustrating for them to use. This group also said that their concern about surveillance, spyware and hacking also keeps them away.

Smaller percentages of the study say that getting online or acquiring technology to use the Internet is cost prohibitive and that they physically don't have the capability of using the web.

The study also indicates that even among the vast majority of Americans - 85 percent as of this past May - who get online say that they experience frustration and difficulty on a regular basis as well. A significant percentage of those people either don't have access to the Internet at home, for instance.

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