non·​us·​er | \ˌnän-ˈyü-zər \

Definition of nonuser 

: one who does not make use of something (such as an available public facility or a harmful drug)

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The company doesn’t use the term but does track nonusers. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google," 22 Apr. 2018 In one hopeful finding, a 2012 meta-analysis found that in 13 studies in which participants had laid off weed for 25 days or more, their performance on cognitive tests did not differ significantly from that of nonusers. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "What Pot Really Does to the Teen Brain," 1 Dec. 2017 Facebook tracks both its users and nonusers on other sites and apps. Author: Natasha Singer, Anchorage Daily News, "What you don’t know about how Facebook uses your data," 12 Apr. 2018 Surveys show that the majority of teens are not using — something kids may not know because users tend to speak more loudly and passionately than nonusers. Nara Schoenberg,, "In the era of legalization, how do you discuss marijuana with your kids?," 21 Mar. 2018 But as more and more users become informed through these apps, this line of research suggests that their benefits for users and nonusers could disappear. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps," 15 Mar. 2018 The analysis indicated that respondents who reported past-year marijuana use in their initial interview had 2.2 times higher odds than nonusers of meeting DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for prescription opioid use disorder by the follow-up. The Tylt,, "Is marijuana a 'gateway drug'?," 31 Oct. 2017 That raises the second critical question beyond porn's possible harm to users: the right to privacy of nonusers. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Deuce and the Real History of Why the Porn Industry Flourished in the '70s," 8 Sep. 2017 In that time, 30 percent of those who used e-cigarettes started smoking tobacco cigarettes, compared with 8 percent of those who had never vaped, making e-cigarette users nearly four times as likely as nonusers to become traditional smokers. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Young users of e-cigarettes may be more likely to move on to traditional cigarettes," 2 July 2017

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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