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Nearly one third of Americans think Internet is useless

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About one third of U.S. households do not have any access to the Internet. But what is even more surprising they do not intend to get one. The reason is that households do not consider Internet to be useful for their every day lives.

A technology market research firm located in Dallas, called Park Associates, outlined that 29% of households from the United States (which is about 31 million homes) do not even intend to get access to Internet in the next 12 months.

Park Associates administered the 2nd annual National Technology Scan that made it clear why potential customers do not look forward to subscribe to Internet service. Thus the scan states that the reason is low value to the daily lives that households perceive and not their concerns over cost.

From all households that do not intend to get Internet access 44 percent are simply not interested in anything that Internet provides. The survey found that 22 percent do not have the opportunity to pay for the Internet or to purchase a computer.

Among the participants in the survey, who do not intend to subscribe to the service, 17 percent said that they do not know how to use the Internet. Fourteen percent stated that they are more likely to use the service at work, where they can watch videos on YouTube or do some e-commerce shopping. Three percent stated that Internet simply didn’t reach their homes.

Analysts from Park in their study found that the United States broadband adoption increased to 52 % over the past year up from 42% registered in 2005. Almost half of new subscribers converted from dial-up access, the other half, however, did not benefit from Internet access because the service didn’t reach their homes.

The director of research at Park Associates, John Barrett, said that the industry has a steady growth in the number of new subscribers to the Internet, but there is still a long way to go. He thinks that the key to gain new Internet subscribers is the entertainment applications. “If anything will pull in the holdouts, it's going to be applications that make the Internet more akin to pay TV”, Mr. Barrett said.

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42 votes

//13 Dec 20, 2010 11:37 PM | posted by: hi
you are on the computer typing this
35 votes

//12 Dec 09, 2010 02:47 PM | posted by: Jean - UK
Search engines used to be good but now they tend to supply sponsored ads, comparison shopping sites and links to pretend sites based on the words in the search. I agree with John D re: phone numbers; the internet was really accessible in the 90s but now it's often tiresome trying to search for anything. I blame the search engines. It also doesn't help that there's obviously much more dross to search through.

I like being able to get hold of user reviews - they're still useful. There are some great sites out there, but with search engines being how they are, it's becoming more difficult to find the true gems and marvels.
31 votes

//11 Nov 16, 2010 09:42 PM | posted by: John D
I used to be able to attain phone numbers at will when the internet first started, now there are 50 million sites claiming to provide free phone book listing which brings the user through a bunch of hoops only to wave a price-tag at them at the very end. No numbers, no patience, no time for the Internet for any type of serious research or assistance without ones credit card handy. Sorry, that's not why the Internet was created.
22 votes

//10 Mar 13, 2010 06:47 PM | posted by: aaaaa
internet is useful for PORN, online game, youtube, and NOTHING ELSE.
30 votes

//9 Mar 06, 2010 09:15 AM | posted by: ---
The Internet isn't so bad..some people miss out on a lot by not having it. Not all users are stupid you know.
But yeah, finding good info is one really annoying problem, and its more of a distraction today.
it isnt a waste of money..but yeah I'd go shopping with half of it :)
29 votes

//8 Aug 13, 2009 10:07 PM | posted by: Thozmaniac
I agree, the internet is pointless and useless and a waste of money.
That's why I'm ditching it and using the money for premium tv channels.
28 votes

//6 Apr 27, 2009 07:53 PM | posted by: Richard Devine
Are you all stupid? the internet has revolutionised the world - do you even understand what kind of a learning tool the internet is - you have a digital library in your hands and you are complaining that it is useless? Maybe your not creative or intelegent enough to discover what the internet can be used for...
45 votes

//5 Oct 20, 2008 12:58 PM | posted by: Tom
The internet has no redeeming value.
I've been online for 12 years and am planning to get rid of it as soon as possible (tomorrow).
You don't need a brain to use the internet.
You need a brain to trash it, get out and try to make a difference in the "real" world.
32 votes

//4 Jul 29, 2008 01:23 PM | posted by: jfoiasdj
funny how most of you internet junkies can't even distinguish between the words "there", "their", and "they're"
29 votes

//3 May 21, 2008 05:38 AM | posted by: no one
The Internet is useful for talking about the Internet.
32 votes

//2 Jan 06, 2008 12:08 PM | posted by: rksinghmadhepura [InfoKID]
I think there minds are not working well,Internet is not for dull people.The proverb applies to them "Grapes are sour."
32 votes

//1 Nov 21, 2007 08:59 PM | posted by: Dave R. from Boston
Since over 29% of Americans are really stupid, I'm surprised the number is that high. I bet if you go by geographic location, you would get a huge drop off in the southern states where front teeth are at a premium.

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