The NoNet:
New research from the Oxford Internet Institute shows that around one third of British households don’t own a computer, and just under a third of those stopped in a street poll claimed they were “complete technophobes”. We shouldn’t be surprised. There was always going to be a take-up plateau for what remains a fundamentally text-based medium, even with ever-reducing PC & ISP costs. And that’s simply because OECD data shows that 22 percent of Britons are functionally illiterate. The UK’s Basic Skills Agency confirms that figure, claiming 24.4 percent functional illiteracy in the West Midlands.