Internet skeptics: An analysis of intermittent users and net dropouts

H. Kang, S. Bagchi-Sen, H. R. Rao, S. Banerjee

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The extent that various groups differ in their experience with the Internet was studied based on the Pew Internet Survey of 2002 which defined two categories: net dropouts (DO) as "the non-users who were once online but stopped and have not gone back" and intermittent users (IU) as those "who are online Americans who dropped offline for an extended period and are now back online." It was found that: (i) the return to the Internet is not based on gender but on the educational level of the user; (ii) selected racial differences exist between DOs and IUs; (iii) people with high sense of trust and fairness returned to the Internet rather than stay unwired; and (iv) people who did not return to the Internet regarded it as dangerous and confusing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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