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
    Commented Apr 11, 2011 at 22:44
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    – oosterwal
    Commented Apr 12, 2011 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. Commented Apr 11, 2011 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. Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 1:22

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


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.


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
    Commented Apr 11, 2011 at 21:34
  • or any similar variation... "technically-minded", "technically-apt", etc.
    – tenfour
    Commented Apr 11, 2011 at 21:37

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.

  • 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.
    – Lou
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 14:46

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.


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


I'd call such folk internaughts.

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