Unplug Already! NCTA Releases List of Top Ten US States that Have Trouble Unplugging from Internet Devices

Organization Encourages People to Enjoy the Many Unplugged Delights of the Season

WASHINGTON--()--In the midst of the holiday season, “unplugging” from laptops, tablets and smartphones is more important than ever, but Americans in some US states are not as good at it as others. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) today released the names of the top ten states that have trouble unplugging from the Internet and encouraged them to enjoy the countless other pleasures of this time of year.

The organization’s Onward, Internet online survey of more than 100,000 Americans about their use of, and relationship with, the Internet, found that people in New Jersey have the toughest time staying off their connected devices with 26.1% of them saying it is difficult. That state is followed closely by California (25.7%), Maryland (24%), Rhode Island (23.8%), Georgia (23.3%), Virginia (23.2%), New York (23%), Alabama (23%), Texas (22.8%) and Utah (22.4%).

Americans can take a cue from some of the more laid-back states in the country this holiday season. The state that seems to best understand the beauty of unplugged time is Wyoming, where only 12.6% of the residents have trouble setting their devices aside. Wyoming is followed by other relaxed states Montana (13.4%), North Dakota (14.1%), South Dakota (14.8%) and Idaho where 15.5% have trouble unplugging. (The complete list of 50 states and their rankings is at the end of this news release.)

On average, 21.7% of Americans have trouble unplugging, which maps closely to the recent Pew Research Center survey that showed that 21% of Americans “go online almost constantly.” The good news is that 49% of the Onward, Internet respondents across the nation don’t think it is that hard to take a break from the Internet.

“The Internet has clearly enhanced our lives in countless ways yet the importance of taking a break, especially during the holiday season, can’t be overstated,” said Brian Dietz, Vice President, Communications & Digital Strategy at NCTA. “People can rest assured the Internet will always be there to provide information and entertainment, but unplugging for at least a few hours is possibly the best gift they can give themselves and others.”

About NCTA

NCTA is the principal trade association for the U.S. cable industry, representing cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks. The cable industry is the nation's largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access, serving more than 58 million customers, after investing $230 billion to build two-way interactive networks with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to more than 27 million American consumers.

What Percent of Residents in Each US State Say it is Difficult to Unplug from the Internet?

             

Rank

    US State    

% of
People

1     New Jersey     26.10%
2     California     25.70%
3     Maryland     24.00%
4     Rhode Island     23.80%
5     Georgia     23.30%
6     Virginia     23.20%
7     New York     23.00%
8     Alabama     23.00%
9     Texas     22.80%
10     Utah     22.40%
11     Washington     22.20%
12     Kansas     22.10%
13     Massachusetts     22.00%
14     Illinois     21.80%
15     Missouri     21.60%
16     Florida     21.60%
17     Pennsylvania     21.60%
18     Kentucky     21.30%
19     North Carolina     21.20%
20     Michigan     21.10%
21     Connecticut     21.10%
22     Minnesota     20.90%
23     Ohio     20.90%
24     Louisiana     20.50%
25     Delaware     20.00%
26     Alaska     19.80%
27     Colorado     19.60%
28     Nevada     19.50%
29     New Mexico     19.40%
30     Maine     19.40%
31     Arkansas     19.30%
32     Oklahoma     19.30%
33     Wisconsin     19.10%
34     Oregon     19.10%
35     Mississippi     19.00%
36     New Hampshire     19.00%
37     Hawaii     18.90%
38     Arizona     18.80%
39     Tennessee     18.60%
40     Iowa     18.50%
41     West Virginia     18.40%
42     Indiana     18.40%
43     Nebraska     18.10%
44     South Carolina     18.00%
45     Vermont     16.40%
46     Idaho     15.50%
47     South Dakota     14.80%
48     North Dakota     14.10%
49     Montana     13.40%
50     Wyoming     12.60%
     

National
Average

    21.70%
       

Contacts

For more information, media and bloggers only, please contact:
By the Sea Communications
Gaby Adam, 206-931-5942
gaby@bytheseacommunications.com
or
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Brian Dietz, VP, Communications & Digital Strategy
202-222-2358
bdietz@ncta.com

Release Summary

In the midst of the holiday season, “unplugging” from laptops, tablets and smartphones is more important than ever, but Americans in some US states are not as good at it as others.

Contacts

For more information, media and bloggers only, please contact:
By the Sea Communications
Gaby Adam, 206-931-5942
gaby@bytheseacommunications.com
or
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Brian Dietz, VP, Communications & Digital Strategy
202-222-2358
bdietz@ncta.com