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Infographic – 10% of Americans Still Offline

Chart, offline Americans

Click on image for full-size view (Statista)

4 May 2019. Many of the advances we present on Science & Enterprise use Internet connections for individuals to share data, with cloud computing to store large databases and run algorithms. But all of those great ideas require a population connected to the Internet.

Our friends at Statista published a chart yesterday showing we’re not quite there yet, at least in the U.S., this weekend’s infographic. The chart draws from a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January and February, showing 1 in 10 people in the U.S. still do not use the Internet. Demographic breakdowns of the data indicate Internet non-users tend to be older — more than a quarter of those older than 65 — as well as poor, living in rural areas, and with less than a high school education.

Yet many people in these demographic groups are those with chronic disorders like heart disease or diabetes, who can benefit from mobile connections tracking their conditions. It remains a challenge for researchers and public health authorities to get these technologies into the hands of people who can gain the most from them.

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