Data released today from the Census Bureau show that in 2012, more than one quarter of U.S. households lacked access to the Internet. Particularly shocking is the number of people who said they did not have Internet access at home because they did not want it. Fully 12.2 percent of households are in this category, according to the bureau, a figure that represents tens of millions of Americans. This confirms what the Department of Commerce found in a previous report released last summer.
Yes, there are reasons not to want the Internet at home. If you have access in your house, you will inevitably waste several hours every year looking at photos of Snooki. There are also true villains online, such as Hunter Moore and 4chan. Then there are Reddit vigilantes. These are reasons not only for keeping the Internet out of your house. These could be reasons for wanting the Internet to cease its existence entirely.
These, however, are not the reasons why millions of people do not want the Internet at home. This group is largely composed of the poor and the elderly, who might not be able to afford a connection, or who might not know how to use a computer — and who perhaps would decide they do indeed want to use the Internet at home without these obstacles. Click below for more data on who is online and who isn’t.