The report was based on data from three surveys of a nationally representative sample of adults living in the United States.
Over time, the offline population has been steadily shrinking, the analysis found. In the year 2000, 48% of Americans did not use the internet, and even as recently as 2010 nearly a quarter (24%) were not online.
For some groups the rise in Internet adoption has been especially pronounced:
- Some 86% of adults age 65 and older did not go online in 2000; in 2015, that figure has been cut in half.
- Among adults without a high school diploma, the proportion not using the Internet dropped from 81% to 33% in the same time period.