15 percent of Americans are not online

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Fifteen percent of adults in the United States do not use the Internet, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

This is a 33 percent drop from 15 years ago when Pew Research first began surveys on the topic.

An equal percentage of adult men and women do not use the Internet, but the statistics show differences between races. Asian-Americans are the most likely to use the Internet, and only 5 percent are offline. But for blacks, that number jumps to 20 percent, while 14 percent of whites and 18 percent of Hispanic-Americans are offline.

The percentages also differ among age groups. Only 3 percent of adults ages 18-29 are offline, but 39 percent of adults 65 and older refuse to surf the net. Only 3 percent of those making over $75,000 a year do not use the Internet while one out of four people making under $30,000 do not use the web.

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