The latest study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds the American Internet population is growing, but not at the warp speed it once was.

According to the study, overall growth has slowed since late 2001. The study says one reason for the leveling off is that the number of people dropping offline roughly equals the number of newcomers logging on each month.

The flattening growth didn’t surprise me, but the dropouts did. The Internet is not nearly as novel as it once was, and most folks who want to log on have probably done so by now. I had never considered the possibility, however, of logging off completely.

More here.