Techies everywhere have been getting more techy lately, and a new survey finds that the trend is accelerating.
In 2017, the year after the tech boom began, only 4% of Americans had a high school diploma, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.
In 2018, that number had more than doubled to 11%.
The Pew report also found that the percentage of Americans without a college degree grew to 17% in 2017, from 7% in 2018.
In addition, there was a dramatic drop in the number of Americans with bachelor’s degrees.
In 1950, there were 1.3 million Americans with a bachelor’s degree.
Today, that figure stands at less than 900,000.
The Pew Research report also noted that the share of Americans aged 25 to 54 with no college degree dropped to 13% in 1950 from 19% in 2016.
In 2021, that share rose to 28%.
In 2018 the percentage with a college diploma increased from 17% to 22%.
In 2021 the percentage without a degree rose from 7 to 12%.
The study found that people with a high-school diploma or less in 2017 were the most likely to have an Internet connection, while those with at least a high high school degree were more likely to be connected to the Internet.
In 2019, there remained a slight uptick in the share with a postsecondary degree, from 10% to 13%.
And in 2020, the share that had at least one college degree rose to 17%, from 16%.
The report also said that while the percentage that had a college education fell, the percentage who had not grew by about the same percentage.
In 2020, those with a higher education level had a much higher percentage of Internet access than those without a high level of education, the report found.
“Internet access has become an essential part of everyday life for millions of Americans, and the percentage at least high school or less has grown substantially over the past few decades,” said Pew research director Julia Fuchs.
“It is now a crucial part of our lives, and it is a good indicator of who is connected to and connected to their neighbors and to the internet in general.”
In 2018: Nearly 4 out of 5 people had internet access The share of people with no high school education grew to 18% in 2020 from 12% in 2021.
The share with no degree grew from 16% to 19%.
In 2020 the share without a bachelor degree rose slightly from 8% to 9%.
“While there is more connectivity than ever before, there is still more connectivity gap between the rich and poor, the elderly and children,” said Fuchs, “and more connectivity gaps are likely to grow over the coming years as our economy ages.”
Among adults, more than a quarter of them had at most one college education in 2017.
In the next two years, that percentage will likely increase to 28% in 2019 and 32% in 2022.
The study also noted a sharp decline in the percentage having an internet connection among those with postsecondary degrees.
The percentage with an advanced degree fell to 14% from 20%, while those without one fell from 14% to 10%.
Among Americans without college degrees, the rate of Internet connection was highest among those aged 25-54.
That group had just 11% of Internet connections in 2017 and 16% in the following two years.
In contrast, among those who had a post-secondary degree or more, the figure jumped to 24% in 2026 and to 38% in 2024.