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What is the politically correct term for someone who is not very Internet savvy?

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*inserts joke about using Internet Explorer* –  MrHen Apr 11 '11 at 22:44
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"Luddite-American"? –  oosterwal Apr 12 '11 at 13:12

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Possibilities include:

  • She lives most of her life offline, only checking email once a month.
  • He isn't on the grid, so the cell is the main way to contact.
  • A proud Luddite when it comes to the Net, he doesn't own a computer and only surfs via the library.
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All good possibilities, but +1 for Luddite. It may be more general and often used in a derogatory way, but many are reclaiming the term and its use seems to be changing. –  Callithumpian Apr 11 '11 at 21:10
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I would say 'Luddite' is a little strong, having an overtone of being actually anti-technology rather than simply unfamiliar with it. –  Snubian Apr 12 '11 at 1:22

I'd call such folk internaughts.

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"Illiterate," assuming it's clear lack of formal literacy if obviously not the case. Perhaps "deadwood" or "stuck in offline age..."

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I hear the phrase "digital divide" on my local progressive radio station quite a lot. It describes a systemic, unfortunate lack of access to high tech without ascribing blame.

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I have come across the term "technophobe", but this would indicate someone who is afraid of technology more than someone who just isn't very good with it.

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I don't take that word literally; usually when I hear that word it's meant as someone who isn't very good at technology. –  Leo King Jun 11 at 14:46

You may also say in a more general sense:

He/she is not a very technical person.

I have heard this used and I think it's specific enough to get the point across, but vague enough that it's not finger-pointing at a persons' deficiencies. It's not specific to the Internet, but these days enough people consider computers and the Internet synonymously that it's still effective.

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He is not technically adept. –  Emre Apr 11 '11 at 21:34
    
or any similar variation... "technically-minded", "technically-apt", etc. –  tenfour Apr 11 '11 at 21:37

Most people would say "computer illiterate" as a softer way of saying NOOB but I am so tired of that expression so I voted up Chris' answer.

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With all due respect, "internet-challenged" is probably as benign as it's going to get.

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